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Jul 9, 2018

Exoskeleton that allows humans to work and play for longer

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Would you put on an exoskeleton that meant you could run for an entire day without getting tired?

What about one that would allow you to stay on your feet longer at work?

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Jul 8, 2018

A Conversation on Cyborgism: An Interview with U.K. Cyborg Neil Harbisson

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My grandparents’ generation saw the arrival of technology in peoples’ homes; my parents’ generation saw the arrival of technology in people’s lives; and the current generation is seeing the arrival of technology in peoples’ body.


Neil Harbisson goes into his goals and aspirations to unlock the potential of humanity and awaken a new age of cyborgism with the help of emerging technologies.

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Jul 7, 2018

What will humans look like in a million years?

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs, evolution

To understand our future evolution we need to look to our past.

Will our descendants be cyborgs with hi-tech machine implants, regrowable limbs and cameras for eyes like something out of a science fiction novel?

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Jul 7, 2018

Exosuit to assist elderly mobility will be in stores

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI

Seismic is combining clothing and robotics into what they call Powered Clothing™. They aim to get exosuits into stores by the end of 2018 in the US, Japan and the UK.

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Jul 4, 2018

Interviews with Arie (Bionic technique) and Zoltan (Transhumanist)

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FOR MY ENGLISH WATCHERS!

Future Flux Festival 2018 was a blast!

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Jul 2, 2018

Becoming a Cyborg: From Disabled to More-Than-Able

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In the famous sci-fi TV show Battlestar Galactica, John Cavil, a Cylon that appeared human, went on an epic rant that forever changed my perception of biology and my own biological substrate.


MIT rockstar Hugh Herr delivers another TED talk, only this time revealing a major breakthrough that’ll unleash a brave new future of cyborgs!

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Jun 30, 2018

Human Civilization is our Second Womb for Birthing Transhumans

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, food, genetics, mathematics, sustainability, transhumanism

A being that can consciously alter its own DNA via technological intervention (i.e. cybernetic means) is what our Second Womb has been nurturing. We have used civilization to protect ourselves while we crack the code of our biological being. We started in the womb of the cave. Then moved on to the womb of the hut. Then the village, the city, and the state. All thew hile, we have been tinkering with our own DNA and the DNA of other species. To me, this is the real posthuman or transhuman — it is the creature that is actively editing its own biological blueprint through tech. This is what we’ve been doing since we started augmenting our bodies with clothing and animal skins. We’ve been modifying our ability to endure the slings and arrows of the cosmos.


What is human civilization? It is difficult to assert that other animals do not create their own civilizations — termites for instance meet some criteria for being categorized as cyborgs (building temperature-controlled mega structures). Animals communicate, express feelings, and have personalities. Octopi arrange furniture for would-be mates. Others engage in mating rituals. Some mourn the dead. Birds can solve simple math. Critters scheme, enterprise, forge bonds, and even produce art. What do we do that animals do not?

To our credit, we are the only animals that record, share, and develop history upon structures and materials outside of our bodies. We harness energy for massive projects. We farm, but again, so do leaf-cutter ants. But we create genetically novel vegetables and animals. We alter the global climate. Our enterprises are global, and given time and opportunity, our projects will eventually become exostellar. We do all this rather ferociously. Human history is a rather short explosion of civilization-building activities, and yet it might already have irrevocably altered the future of all life on this planet. No other creature has created a circumstance quite like that of human beings and our anthropocene project. For instance, unless we clean up the environment, the next few generations of plant and animal life are going to have be extremely resilient to radiation, Styrofoam, plastics, and other run-offs squeezed out from the human project. That is just a fact of life now on earth.

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Jun 28, 2018

Power-multiplying exoskeletons are slimming down for use on the battlefield

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, energy, military

Dashing around a battlefield in the bulky robo-armor Tom Cruise wore in Edge of Tomorrow won’t cut it in the real world. For starters, it’s way too big. And the energy required to power something that size—via a gas engine strapped to your back in some early inventor iterations—is noisy and a giveaway to the enemy that you’re approaching.

But a raft of newly developed exoskeletons is starting to meet the slimmed-down, stealth requirements of today’s troop commanders, who see these power-assisting suits as vital to the future combat missions. Among the most promising, and weird-looking, is the “third arm” that the U.S. Army Research Laboratory developed to help soldiers carry and support their weapons on the battlefield. The lightweight device, which weighs less than four pounds and hangs at a soldier’s side, stabilizes rifles and machine guns, which can weigh up to 27 pounds. This improves shooting accuracy and also minimizes fatigue. It can even be used while scrambling into position on the ground.

The kind of fatigue that the third arm aims to negate is a killer on the battlefield, and most of the new suits are similarly meant to help troops minimize the energy they use to carry enormous supply packs, weapons and other battlefield gear. In May, Lockheed Martin unveiled its lightest weight powered exo for lower body support. Dubbed ONYX, the form-fitting suit, which resembles an unobtrusive web of athletic braces, reduce the effort soldier’s need for walking, running, and climbing over varied terrain while carrying a heavy loads of up to 100 pounds.

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Jun 21, 2018

Electronic Skin Lets Amputees Feel Pain Through Their Prosthetics

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, neuroscience

I felt my hand, as if a hollow shell, got filled with life again.”


Researchers have created e-dermis, an electronic skin that transmits sensations of pain from an amputee’s prosthetic hand to their brain.

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Jun 21, 2018

Prosthetic Memory Enhancement Is Here

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, neuroscience

This brain implant gives users prosthetic memory that can boost the brain’s short-term recall.

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