Loopy Ideas

Ideas Already Out There => Just an Idea => Topic started by: innovator on March 09, 2012, 07:01:09 AM

Title: Microsoft's weirdest idea ever? Altered parasites to fight disease
Post by: innovator on March 09, 2012, 07:01:09 AM
[float=right][smg id=500 type=full][/float]We've seen unusual patent applications from Microsoft before, but this one (http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220110010782%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20110010782&RS=DN/20110010782) takes things to a whole new level. Under the title of "Adapting Parasites to Combat Disease," it describes "systems and/or methods that facilitate sensing, detecting, logging, or treatment of a condition or need of a living body using a controlled parasite."

Microsoft isn't commenting, but it's pretty clearly an example of the broad interests (some might say loose focus) of the company's research unit, not an example of the company's actual product plans.

Filed in July 2009, the patent application reads like something out of science fiction -- proposing a system "that facilitates exploiting a parasitic organism as a nanomachine for benefit of a living body." Might be smart to put down your lunch before reading these excerpts ...

You've trusted Microsoft to run your computer for decades, why not trust the company to put some modified parasitic organisms into your body? OK, who's ready to sign up for the clinic trial? Anyone? Hello?

Bottom line, we won't be looking for any of this on the Windows 8 feature list.