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Sep 10, 2018

I became a cyborg to manage my chronic pain

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

I don’t remember what it feels like to live without pain. At 15, I began feeling aching, stabbing, and burning sensations in my lower back and down my legs. Swallowing a few Aleve didn’t help—in fact, nothing did. If I sit or stand for any period of time, or lift something heavy or fall, I pay for it, sometimes for weeks or months. I’ve slept on the kitchen linoleum, because the carpet felt too soft to stand.

For 17 years, I went to doctor after doctor, undergoing scans, physical therapy, and just about every “alternative” treatment that promised relief. Despite some amazing doctors and the expensive tests at their disposal, they could never see anything wrong, so I never got a diagnosis.

That is, until a couple of years ago, when a routine CAT scan finally caught a structural problem with my spine. Because of that, I qualified to have a spinal cord stimulator, an electronic device used to treat chronic pain, implanted into my back. Although I was scared to go under the knife, I was more than willing to become a cyborg in order to find even partial relief. And this type of therapy might also be able to help some of the 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain.

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Sep 2, 2018

The future is here! Russia successfully tests exosuit enabling wearer to shoot machine gun 1-handed

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, military, surveillance

The passive exoskeleton is already part of the Russian Army’s Ratnik (warrior), or ‘future combat system’, which also includes a range of surveillance, communications, and defensive equipment. The active exoskeleton may become part of Ratnik by 2025, according to Military-Scientific Committee Chair of the Ground Forces Aleksandr Romanyuta.


Russia has tested a battery-powered electric motor exoskeleton. The ‘Iron Man’ suit enables the wearer to accurately hit a target with a machine gun one-handed.

Soldiers wearing the high-tech exosuit can run faster and wield heavier equipment and weapons, Oleg Faustov – the chief designer of military industry company TsNIITochMash, which developed the exoskeleton – told TASS.

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Aug 28, 2018

Research brief: Researchers 3D print prototype for ‘bionic eye’

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, cyborgs, transhumanism

Credit: university of minnesota, mcalpine group.

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Aug 26, 2018

I Am Cyborg, Hear Me Roar: The Feeling of Pain is SO Last Century!

Posted by in categories: biological, cyborgs, transhumanism

As we begin to question our biological roles during a non-biological (transhuman) era, will the role of pain remain as our sole method of detecting physical trauma or will it be replaced by a more efficient technological alternative?

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Aug 13, 2018

Printed electronics breakthrough could lead to flexible electronics revolution

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, health, nanotechnology

A new form of electronics manufacturing which embeds silicon nanowires into flexible surfaces could lead to radical new forms of bendable electronics, scientists say.

In a new paper published today in the journal Microsystems and Nanoengineering, engineers from the University of Glasgow describe how they have for the first time been able to affordably ‘print’ high-mobility semiconductor onto flexible surfaces to develop high-performance ultra-thin electronic layers.

Those surfaces, which can be bent, flexed and twisted, could lay the foundations for a wide range of applications including video screens, improved health monitoring devices, implantable devices and synthetic skin for prosthetics.

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Aug 12, 2018

A Mind-Controlled Robotic Hand With A Sense Of Touch

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI

Denis Aabo Sørensen lost his left hand nine years ago, while handling fireworks. Since then, he has used prosthetic hands, but never one like this. Last year, a team of European engineers created for him a prosthetic hand that connects directly to the remaining nerves in his upper arm. That means the hand is able to send sensations of touch back through his arm and into his brain. Plus, when Sørensen wanted to grab something, he could move the hand by simply thinking about it.

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Aug 3, 2018

Joris Column: Printcrime, augmenting humans, nanoconvergence and Segway polo

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, cyborgs, habitats, transhumanism

Often only a few years separate the tinfoil hats from the millionaires to be. I was writing the piece on the Youbionic arm and thinking of how we will use 3D printing to augment human beings. Clearly augmenting the human body with mechatronics would be a good idea. The flesh is weak but stepper motors are strong! Oh how we will eeck, ooow, brrrr whine in our old stepper augmented age. Machines could very well fill the gaps once our bodies start failing us. But, will old people homes really be filled with Borg grandmas?

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Jul 30, 2018

How I Built Myself Bionic Limbs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI, transhumanism

This is the next generation of robotic prosthetics. Here’s how they work.

Watch the full TED Talk here: http://bit.ly/2LQErPg

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Jul 26, 2018

Mexican company makes super-realistic prosthetics

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs

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These prosthetics are so realistic that it’s hard to tell what is real or fake.

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Jul 24, 2018

Bionics in Real Life

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Impressive.


Controlling prosthetic limbs through the power of thought and AI.

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