Are We Closer To Robotic Superpowers?

The disabled are already combining cutting-edge technology with robotics and bionics, according to this article. The video at the end of the article shows a TED presentation by Aimee Mullins, who argues “It is no longer a conversation about overcoming deficiencies. It’s a conversation about augmentation…about potential,” adding artificial limbs “can stand as a symbol that the wearer has the power to create whatever it is that they want to create in that space.”

There’s also a video of a new robotic hand wired to existing nerve endings that can literally feel using 40 sensors linked directly to the brain. (“Perfectly good nerve endings remain at the stem of a severed limb… Our team is building the interface between the device and the nerves in the arm, connecting cognitive neuroscience with state-of-the-art information technologies.”) Plus a very moving story about the prosthetic “Luke” arm designed by Segway inventor Dean Kamen.

“Frederick Downs, Jr., a Vietnam veteran and director of VA’s Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service who lost his left arm, was brought to tears when a prosthetic arm allowed him to take a drink of bottled water with a single motion…”

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