May 2, 2000 10:42 PM   Subscribe

Rat-mind-control-robot. Where'd these rat's sign up? I want my cyborgian arm!
posted by shmuel (3 comments total)
It would be nice to be able to edit my post after posting it. Oh well, I suppose I should be more conscientious and post things the way I mean to post them. Anyhow, I wanted to ask, what parts of your body would you be willing to turn over to the machines?
posted by shmuel at 10:53 PM on May 2, 2000

Seriously tho - the affect this could have on the disabled (potentially and ideally) could be enormous. Could a mechanical arm actually be integrated with the human nervous system? Could these principals be stretched to vocalization techniques as well? When does science fiction become reality? And when will I stop twitching from the caffiene? Some questions will never be answered...
posted by eljuanbobo at 11:26 PM on May 2, 2000

The future is now. There's a man in France who is paralyzed from the waist down.

Recently he started walking. There is a computer system which stimulates his muscles directly in sequence to permit him to walk.

They're also working on artificial sight for the blind.

This stuff is REAL and NOW. We live in an age of miracles.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:56 AM on May 3, 2000

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