Inventions like this edible robot have demonstrated the potential of new tech to teach medical professionals more than they ever could have imagined about the inside of the human body. However, it isn’t easy engineering a bot small enough to navigate the circulatory system effectively. To do that, researchers have really had to think small.

A team of engineers at MIT has developed a method called autoperferation to design and create small synthetic "cells." These synthetic cells contain tiny electrical circuits that can collect, record, and output data, and could be used for a variety of purposes, from monitoring conditions inside pipelines to detecting disease while floating through the bloodstream.

What other purposes can you envision for these mini bots? Can you imagine a future in which we all have medtech constantly regulating and recording the happenings inside our bodies? Join the discussion on Vialogues.

Excerpts from the discussion:

@01:05 RuthS: I think we'll reach the point where a lot of people will have implants collecting data, but I'm not sure whether it will be everyone. Futuristic technology like this could create an even greater separation between those who can afford it and those who can't.

@02:25 Rebecca Sullivan: The data-collection capacities of these synthetic cells might be able to provide doctors and other professionals valuable information, but I am curious to learn more about how this information would be collected and transferred.