I was invited this early evening to go to a fish fry given by a local church. I met a few of my friends there. The fish were being fried outdoors in electric fryers and the food and seating were indoors.
Although it is chilly enough I had to wear pants and a long shirt, it was still warm enough to have the double doors open. I ate more fish than I should have considering I had enough fish last night for dinner to last me for several days. The meal consisted of fish, french fries or onion rings, coleslaw and dessert. I knew I did a good job of eating when it was uncomfortable to stand and breathe.
Outside they had one of those air rides for kiddies. There was lots of laughter and the fun kind of screaming going on. A gathering of this kind always brings those uninvited guests and this was no exception.
Nobody wanted to talk to them. In fact, when too many were present, people got up and walked to another spot. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a physical fight happening as I looked around at the crowd and saw hands fighting the air. I heard some choice words being spoken. I could just tell that people wish these nasty guests would leave. I bet at least 50 or so came together in a crowd. They were determined to take over. I finally got fed up of moving spot to spot so I said my farewells and headed to my car.
Would you believe they tried to chase me down? They wanted me to stay so they could do their thing. I told them no. I yelled leave me alone, but they ignored me. One of them actually sat on my car. How bold was that? I hurried and got my camera and took his photo in case I needed evidence later, then I jumped in my car and locked my doors immediately. Calming down and thinking I am safe, I pulled my camera out and looked at the face I had photographed. Do you want to see why these guests were not welcomed? Alright, here is the photo.
It always makes me feel a little strange when I read or hear about things that will most likely happen after I am deceased. I was reading this article in yesterday’s newspaper which talked about our future. I wanted to know what your thoughts on this topic were. Not that you will or not be living but the technology of it.
It is titled Printing the Future in 3-D
I have seen puzzles made in 3-D. I am sure if I think hard enough I have seen other things also. Now the scientists are figuring out how to use this knowledge and feed it into medicine. Where would we be without the brains in this world? Maybe not living in the cave days, but most likely not where we are today.
3-D printing is being tested in hundreds of ways the article states.They believe it can heal people. The process could duplicate copies of a damaged arm or leg. It could copy cancer tissues so doctors could figure out the best way to kill it.
Scientists are hoping to someday re-create who organs for people needing a new liver or heart. The 3-D process being used by a computer, receives its commands telling it where to place certain links. One by one, these ink drops create letters or pictures. The materials can be almost anything from plastic, to living cells and even metals. As each layer is built one at a time, the object is built.
Objects can be made in almost any shape. Because the layers are added one at a time this process is called additive manufacturing. With this new and fascinating process being made better and better, artificial body parts, known more as prosthetics is much cheaper.
Right now a prosthetic child’s hand may cost $25,000-$50,000 dollars, and of course as the child grows these parts would need to be replaced over and over. How many of us have these kind of dollars or that excellent of insurance?
With the 3-D process a prosthetic hand may only cost around $5.00. Wow, what a difference in price. Scientists hope to have this easily available within 10 years. The printer will be able to make precise copies for each person. The body part will work better and last much longer. A part could be built in less than two days.
Already people are using 3-D printed hands, arms, hips, teeth, skulls, knees and ears. Printing live limbs is still many years away they state. The good news is that prosthetic 3-D body parts will move well and be available in a few years.
Isn’t it fantastic news for those who walk with difficulty or have one less arm than we do? Wouldn’t their lives change forever from this new strategy? So what do you think? Do you believe this can actually happen in time? I usually say that I am glad I am the age I am and will not have to see the gross things that will happen in our world; but this is one time I would love to be living and see the wide smiles on those that are made whole again or for the first time. The first photo below is;
The second photo is;
A 3D printer at the university has already built a prototype kidney.
These remarkable images show the groundbreaking advances scientists are making in the field of regenerative medicine, paving the way to print new body parts such as ears and noses.