New Bulletproof Skin Gets Shanked

So I’ve been working on my novel series that involves the major use of nano-technology as one of the big ideas of the setting.  It’s not the only idea but nano-tech pervades it.  In it, characters wear bulletproof skin tight armour similar to those worn by the hero of Crysis.  

Nanotechnology Crysis Nanosuit

Interestingly enough, according to a March 4, 2013 article bulletproof skin made from spider silk proteins and human skin cells on Design Boom:

in collaboration with the forensic genomics consortium netherlands (FGCN), dutch artist jalila essaïdi has developed a material able to repel a moving bullet – dubbed ‘bulletproof skin’. through seeding spider silk – proportionately many times stronger than steel and made by transgenic goats and worms – with human skin cells, essaïdi created a new tissue able to stop ammunition fired at a reduced speed. the title of the project – ‘2.6g 329m/s’ – references the maximum weight (2.6g) and velocity (329m/s) of a .22 calibre long rifle bullet from which a type 1 bulletproof vest should protect you. though the experiments fell short of surviving a shot at normal speed from the .22 caliber rifle, the project prompts dialogue not only on the future advantages of exploring new knowledge and materials within biotechnological research, but also the social, political, ethical and cultural issues surrounding the concept of safety.

So there are people out there who are thinking of creating bulletproof skin.  Now you can think about what that means in terms of bringing reality closer to science fiction.  Every day the advances that you see in this area are growing.  

Another example is a Cambridge’s cancer sniffing chip which won $120,000 [1].  Nano-sensor technology is pretty common in the Solid State Shadow universe. That’s what I find most fascinating about science fiction – there’s a chance to see how reality stacks up to our imaginations.  

While I was working on the glossary for Book One, Volume One of my Solid State Sigma trilogy, I also ended up drawing inspiration from past game stories like Deus Ex. Sadly I haven’t played that game but the world it’s set in is fascinating.  It’s also a setting where nano-technology has changed the face of the world.  

 

References

[1] Vargas, Lautaro. “Cambridge cancer sniffing nanotechnology lands $120k prize.” Cabume, October 7, 2013.  Date of access Monday; October 7, 2013.  

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