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Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate
"A robot suit that can help the elderly or disabled get around was given its global safety certificate in Japan on Wednesday, paving the way for its worldwide rollout."
robots  med  bodymod 
february 2013 by warrenellis
BBC News - Lab rats 'acquire sixth sense'
"An experimental device allowed the rats to "touch" infrared light - which is normally invisible to them."
sci  tech  bodymod 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Could Human Enhancement Turn Soldiers Into Weapons That Violate International Law? Yes - Patrick Lin - The Atlantic
"Half a world away from the battlefield, a soldier controls his avatar-robot that does the actual fighting on the ground. Another one wears a sticky fabric that enables her to climb a wall like a gecko or spider would. Returning from a traumatic mission, a pilot takes a memory-erasing drug to help ward off post-traumatic stress disorder. Mimicking the physiology of dolphins and sled-dogs, a sailor is able to work his post all week without sleep and only a few meals. All of these scenarios are real military projects currently in various stages of research...."
war  bodymod 
january 2013 by warrenellis
Cyborg au Naturale
"When Amy Purdy talks about her leg extensions on TED, she slowly weaves in the pain and loss of her legs, which somehow justifies to the audience the new longer, beautiful designer legs. We still apply the century old principle of no pain, no gain -even with technology. There is always a sacrifice for the enhancements. Imagine if someone had to saw off their own legs in order to obtain the beautiful, height-extending legs that Purdy has?"
bodymod 
december 2012 by warrenellis
Pages - The 4th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy
@justinpickard: Gutted to miss this. 'Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids': http://t.co/xsiPon2K (July 2-6; Birmingham, UK) http://twitter.com/justinpickard/status/211546689146851328
ifttt  twitter  comp  philosophy  bio  bodymod 
june 2012 by warrenellis
Humans, Version 3.0 § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
"This mystery mechanism of human transformation is neuronal recycling, coined by neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene, wherein the brain’s innate capabilities are harnessed for altogether novel functions."
bodymod  future  bio  neuro 
february 2012 by warrenellis
deconcrete: Neil Harbisson's third eye
"Neil Harbisson introduces himself as the first cyborg ever legally recognized by any Government (2004). He was born colour-blind; so he can only see in black and white (Achromatopsia disorder). An electronic device implanted in his neck allows him to translate colours into sounds. The camera that hangs from his forehead 24/7 was accepted as part of his British passport photo. By that very fact, the camera became congenital and not prosthetic to his body anymore. Thanks to it, light frequencies are captured and translated into sound frequencies by the chip, which in turn sends them to his brain. He literally listens to colours with his electronic eye. A standard eye perceives light, tone and saturation. Harbisson’s organic eyes perceive light, but tone is converted into sound, and saturation into volume through his third eye."
bodymod 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Tooth filing was a worldwide craze among Viking men | Science | guardian.co.uk
"Vikings worldwide seem to have taken up a fashion for painful but impressive modification of teeth around the 10th century AD"
history  bodymod 
july 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists Create First Memory Expansion for Brain
"a prosthetic chip that uses electrodes to enhance and expand their memory abilities. The chip is capable of storing neural signals, basically functioning as an electronic memory"
tech  neuro  bodymod 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Blood simple circuitry for cyborgs
"Could electronic components made from human blood be the key to creating cyborg interfaces? Circuitry that links human tissues and nerve cells directly to an electronic device, such as a robotic limb or artificial eye might one day be possible thanks to the development of biological components."
tech  bio  bodymod 
march 2011 by warrenellis

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