Title: an Instrument for Increasing Communication between Biomedical Technologies and the Quest for an Improved Quality of Life
Author: prof. Alberto Rovetta N. AD-3

Biorobotics is a new scientific and technological area capable of offering unforeseeable diagnostic and therapeutic instruments, not only within the healthcare framework but also for an improved quality of life. Created from a combination of mechanics, electronics and IT with biology, biorobotics offers a possible solution for improving current living conditions.

Let us consider bionic limb prostheses, hearing aids and other aids targeted at neuromotor recovery. Biorobotics permits the insertion of electronic chips and microsystems into the human body regardless of whether these are automatic or activated by human neurone circuits. Biorobotics also means the possibility of inserting brain chips, implanting microscopic activators in the heart to pump blood, data and image acquisition microsystems for artificial sight, microchips to detect sound and to substitute the auditory nerve: in the history of science, medicine and technology new integrated operations are now possible.

Todayís world of ethics is open to everyone: over the last few years, communication has changed the terms of knowledge. The lives of thousands of individuals have been saved and maintained by new technologies. Although our daily quality of life is guaranteed by the technological systems that we have criticised for years, we now accept and appreciate them. The age of genetics is a concern, but many years ago a lot of criticism and protest was proffered in the face of the first transplants and innovative operations. There are infinite examples. It is necessary to bear in mind manís aversion to anything new, unexpected or unforeseeable, a refusal that is inherent in human nature. However, it is necessary to conquer these fears when one realises that innovation can benefit mankind as a whole, and not merely the individual.

Future possible developments
The religious and ethical sense of life could become a psychological and moral stimulus in the face of the enormous difficulties that, though likely to emerge, will be overcome with time. The religious and cultural bases of all faiths and civilisations with their myths, sacred texts and psalms do not exclude the possibility of prolonging life; quite the contrary - according to numerous interpretations, life is often considered eternal. Nowadays, thanks not only to the wisdom of knowledge and science, but also the constant development of new schools of thought and various initiatives, manís sense of the divine is becoming increasingly mysterious.