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Inspired by: workshops/meetings » Nano-lab inside your body

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iKnow workshop country name

Czech Republic

Workshop date

March 2010


(max. 9 words)

Nano-lab inside your body


(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
Chip is inserted in the body at birth which will monitor the body, prevent diseases and heal the body if necessary. It can also communicate with health centre and ask for medical intervention and treatments. People will no longer need to visit the doctor.


ICT, health care, chip, nanotechnologies, security


(max. 250 characters)

Chip is inserted in the body at birth which will monitor the body, prevent diseases and heal the body if necessary.


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Features of life if the wild card manifests

Feature 1: business models and industrial environment
Huge business success of IT companies providing these technologies to governments
Feature 3: consumers, markets and lifestyles
The ultimate webcam Eroticism of the inside-out
Feature 6: health and quality of life
Early identification of illnesses leads to a substantial increase in quality of life.
Feature 7: security and defence
Possible misuse of chipping by government to control the inhabitants Reprogramming “nano-lab” by hackers could cause epidemic of unknown viruses and illnesses

Type of event

Human planned (e.g. terrorist attack or funded scientific breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
An extreme extension of a trend/development/situation
(e.g. Increased global warming leads to a total ban on fossil fuels)

Type of systems affected

Human-built Systems - E.g. organisations, processes, technologies, etc.




please specify:
please select
Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
affective filters (emotions, anxiety, self-doubt)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

In a probably pervasive way (contagious or transmittable)

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Transformation of a system (e.g. new applications, change in stakeholders relations/influence)

Key drivers or triggers

Provide up to 2 possible drivers or triggers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
please describe
Driver / Trigger 1
please describe
Driver / Trigger 2
Social Decrease of sickness rate and mortality
Technological/Scientific New technologies
Economic Cost/-saving health care

Potential impacts (risks & opportunities)

Timeframe options
Risks Opportunities
short term
(1 to 5 years after the Wild Card manifests)
Security risks

Potential stakeholders' actions

it occurs
it occurs
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) To ensure fair usage of data To ensure fair usage of data
Business actors (incl. SMEs) New commercial products
Academic/Research sector New technologies
General public Trust in the system

Relevance for Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Ageing and other demographic tensions
Ethics and abuse of S&T

Relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies potentially helping to deal with the wild card

please justify:
particularly relevant
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures

 Features of a research-friendly ecology contributing to deal with the wild card

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.