DailyDirt: Melding Humans And Machines

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"Terminator"-like cyborgs may still be just a thing of science fiction, but modern technological advances in bionics are enabling people to regain or enhance their ability to do everyday things that most people take for granted. Here are just a few examples of some bionically enhanced people (and animals). If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    silverscarcat (profile), Mar 18th, 2013 @ 4:36pm

    Sweet!

    Sign me up for the cyborg body that runs on Linux!

     

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    Wally (profile), Mar 18th, 2013 @ 5:14pm

    Joyce, you forgot something here:

    "The Mercedes Formula One team gave a new bionic arm to a teenage fan, who was born without a left hand, after he offered to sell Mercedes advertising space on his prosthetic arm. The customized i-LIMB Pulse, created with the help of Touch Bionics, allows him to do things like grip a pen to draw pictures and write, tie his shoe laces, and catch a ball."

    A rudimentary sense of touch :-)

     

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    Wolfy, Mar 18th, 2013 @ 6:04pm

    Give the believers a day or two, and they'll decry this effort as an attempt to play god.

     

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    Killercool (profile), Mar 18th, 2013 @ 6:26pm

    Re:

    Why would any believer who has read his bible decry this as an attempt to play God? I only see people using their god given talents, and hard earned skills to help their fellow man.

    Luke (of the Gospel according to Luke) was a doctor.

    I Corinthians 3:13 : "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

     

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    Wally (profile), Mar 18th, 2013 @ 6:36pm

    Re: Re:

    Interesting that you should mention the works of the Apostle Luke in a medical based article :-)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 18th, 2013 @ 9:39pm

    "Customized 3D-printed appendages are helping a ~4-year-old girl regain use of her arms."
    [troll]
    Quick! Someone patent the design so it can be locked behind DRM before freeloading 4 year olds start getting free limbs! If they want it, they can pay like everyone else!
    [/troll]

     

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    Re: Sweet!

    I'd go for the one that runs on GNU/Linux-libre. Except that, of course, it would take five years to gain support for eye vision.

     

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    Anonymous Monkey (profile), Mar 19th, 2013 @ 11:09am

    WE ARE THE BORG

    You will be assimilated!
    Resistance is futile.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 19th, 2013 @ 1:09pm

    If only Trojan would agree to provide a person with a certain prosthetic limb for the advertising....

     

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