So apparently a French company has successfully managed to implant an artificial heart.
I shouldn’t need to say that that’s no easy feat. Not only does it have to be able to operate on its own under extreme circumstances, but the body has to leave it be as well. You don’t want it sending all kinds of junk to your shiny new heart when it’s just trying to help, now do you? Pretty damn amazing work they did, I’d say. It just blows my mind that we can get fake (but functional) organs implanted now. Sure the heart doesn’t feature as complex an ecosystem as, say, your stomach does, but it’s a step in that direction at least.
Just think about it. Imagine, hundred or so years in the future, artificial organs might be easy to make and accessible to lots of people. This changes everything. Got a defective heart? Swap it out for a new one. Your intestines not doing their job? Get ’em custom-made. Brain damage? No problem, you backed the thing up yesterday, let me put that in there for you.
Okay, okay, it probably isn’t going to be that easy or cheap, but still. We’re getting closer and closer to being able to patch up any part of the human body. Of course, if you’re only replacing organs the cells in the rest of your body will eventually die and you’ll just fall apart, but I don’t think it’s far-fetched to say we’ll find a way around that as well. For all we know now humans will be nothing more than layers upon layers of patchwork made over tens, hundreds of decades. It won’t be true immortality, but at least disease and “natural cause” will be out of the picture.
Who knows what the future holds.