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Transhumanism the future?

An international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.


“What are you doing for others?”

Do we really want to live forever? Or do we just want the best experience in our life time?

Technology is moving at such a pace, we have a greater understanding of the universe which maybe challenging belief systems that have been ingrained into many of us. The Hubble telescope has provided so much information and, soon the Webb telescope will be giving us even more.


The European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), are busy working on the infinite world of sub atomic particles, providing a picture of the unseen world that makes the visible.


Stem cell technology is providing the mechanism for organ rejuvenation and replacement and yet, the being called Human is still fixated on war, power, greed and personal gain.


So what is the future? Of course time will tell!


I’ve listed a few topics below that prove how great we are when we focus on construction, rather than destruction. So maybe we will eventually live forever? Or at least a longer time than today? Isn’t it just evolution?


BIONIC EYE

Adults going blind because of a rare eye disease may regain the ability to do daily tasks, such as navigating a sidewalk or detecting sunlight, from the first implanted artificial retina to win U.S. regulatory approval.

Closely held Second Sight Medical Products Inc, whose chairman is the billionaire inventor Alfred E. Mann, received Food and Drug Administration clearance for its Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, the agency said yesterday in a statement. Argus II helps adults with advanced retinitis pigmentosa, which damages light-sensitive cells that line the retina, causing a gradual loss of vision that may lead to blindness.

Extract: Bloomberg Feb 15, 2013


While the $100,000-plus system won’t restore sight, it gives patients the ability to perceive the difference between light and dark. The device consists of a video camera, a transmitter mounted on a pair of eyeglasses and a processing unit that transforms images into electronic data sent to an implanted retinal prosthesis, the FDA said.


BIONIC EAR

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The SYMBIONIC LEG is the first complete bionic leg. Combining a powered ankle and an adaptive microprocessor knee joint, the SYMBIONIC LEG provides unmatched benefits for trans femoral amputees.


The active toe lift in swing clears the ground and minimizes the risk of tripping. Should a stumble occur, an advanced stumble recovery feature protects the user from a fall by providing instant stance support.


Automatic terrain adaptation adjusts the ankle angle according to the steepness of the slope, generating better ground contact and optimal knee response when ascending or descending ramps.

Using the heel height adjustment, the user can change shoes or go barefoot without compromising the alignment of the prosthesis.


Extract: Life without limitations


BIONIC LEG

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland revealed that they have created the first bionic arm capable of simulating the sensation of feeling.

Professor Silvestro Micera of the EPFL revealed today his research into just such a prosthetic hand, which he believes can restore a degree of motor control and the sensation of touch to patients.

The arm accomplishes this feat by intraneural electrodes implanted into two major nerves in the patient's arm, the median and ulner nerves


Extract: The Independent

BIONIC ARM

IMPLANTS !

Many suggestions have been put forward for the use of Human Micro-Chip Implants. One recent suggestion was for a possible short-term memory solution for some Alzheimer patients. Another has been for sensor detection of harmful chemicals. A financial bank account even! one would just swipe their implant!

A physical passport that could be scanned at an airport and of course a whole host of imaginative suggestions. One thing about this usage I feel though is to be aware of the pit-falls of implanting humans, of which there could be many.

Cellular phones have only been around for some twenty years or so, we don’t really know if constant use or exposure could actually affect our own Human Cells,

Ironic how we use words, don’t you think?

I note this because they are possibly the nearest thing to a modern surgical implant


20/03/2013

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