Jessica Charlesworth
2005/7

Nanonoia

This project explores the potential social, cultural and ethical impact nanotechnology could have on our society. I was inspired by an article that described how nano microsystem technology companies are using smart sensors within intelligent devices to gather information about the presence of a virus/bacteria in our environment. The article went on to explain how the potential applications of these super nanosensor systems could be used to forewarn whether the person you were sitting next to on the bus has the early contagious signs of the common cold or that the street you are jogging along has a high percentage of carbon monoxide in the air.

But what if this forewarning were to eventually lead to paranoia and affect our relationsips with each other and our environment?

What if these nanosensor technologies were biokleptic and integrated into our own immune system to act as a sixth sense?

Our genetic make up and immune system is already used to protect ourselves from all the bacteria and viruses we come into contact with during our life. But what if a supplement could be used to boost our immune system and augment our own natural senses with a degree of sensitivity and intelligence that has not been possible before? Our own immune systemís natural defences and indicators could become a systematic code of reference, tailor made to our own genetic make up. Subsequently our sixth sense would be used to give reassurance and awareness of any contagious illnesses that we may come into contact with during our everyday lives.




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Hair+neck = 20% surface contagion
Hair+neck = 20% surface contagion
Square+RH wrist = 35% airborne contagion
Square+RH wrist = 35% airborne contagion
circle+stomach = 70% blood carried contagion
circle+stomach = 70% blood carried contagion
diamond+LH wrist = 50% vector contagion
diamond+LH wrist = 50% vector contagion
flower+LH arm = extreme risk
flower+LH arm = extreme risk