Cyborgs

A person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device. A cybernetic organism or “cyborg” in IT is defined as an organism with both biological and technological components. In some definitions, a cyborg is described as a hypothetical or fictional creation. However, in a technical sense, humans can be seen as cyborgs in various types of situations, including the use of artificial implants.

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The Eyeborg

When he was nine years old, Toronto film-maker Rob Spence received a severe injury to his right eye in a shotgun accident. After a period of hiding the aftermath under an eyepatch, six years ago he had the eye replaced with a prosthesis. Being a visual artist, however, he had an idea – instead of …

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Exoskeleton

The human body is unsurpassed in the complexity of its design, performance and efficiency, but there are definite limitations to what we can achieve with a frame that’s around 6ft high – we can only carry so much weight, jump so far or run so fast before we reach our physical boundary. Machines that overcome …

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Big Dog

New Robotic Pack Animal Big Dog uses a system of hyper-responsive hydraulic joints, sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes to keep it on its four legs. Boston Dynamics says the creature can run at 4 mph, climb slopes up to 35 degrees, walk across a wide range of terrain, and carry 340 pounds. It’s designed to go …

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Cyborgs Coming Soon To a Human Near You

Over the centuries, scientists have speculated that we could tap into the body’s electrical system to restore lost functions or enhance our powers, like machines. In the past decade, medical science has already fit some 11 million people worldwide with artificial body parts. Such as titanium hearts, synthetic corneas and mechanical hands and legs. Will …

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