If you are under 20 I am pretty sure you will see full on Trans-humans in your old age, in fact, you might become one. The world has come along ways with prosthetic devices, biofeedback, joint replacements, transplants, blue tooths, hearing aids, and brain controlled robotics. The synthesis of what we know as machine and human will not be the androids we have viewed in science fiction movies. Instead, it will be humans ‘upgrading’ themselves both before and after birth. Genetic tampering will produce a new type of human while flaws can be corrected in vitro or post partem.
Currently, roughly 50% of Americans will die of heart failure. Why keep your current heart if you could get a cybernetic alternative that you never have to worry will skip a beat? Why not have two hearts if we can make them small so you have a back-up? Early pioneers in this ‘trans-human’ change have already started. The following story may be disturbing, but I find it more predictive than anything else. – Michael Bradley
‘Biohacker’ implants chip in arm
By Marc Lallanilla
Published November 04, 2013
Biohacker Tim Cannon had a battery-powered electronic device installed in his arm. (MOTHERBOARDTV/YOUTUBE)
Kids, don’t try this at home: A self-described “biohacker” had a big electronic chip almost as large as a deck of cards inserted beneath the skin of his arm. Without a doctor’s help. And without anesthetics.
Tim Cannon is a software developer from Pittsburgh and one of the developers at Grindhouse Wetware, a firm dedicated to “augmenting humanity using safe, affordable, open source technology,” according to the group’s website. As they explain it, “Computers are hardware. Apps are software. Humans are wetware.”
The device Cannon had inserted into his arm is a Circadia 1.0, a battery-powered implant that can record data from Cannon’s body and transmit it to his Android mobile device. Because no board-certified surgeon would perform the operation, Cannon turned to a DIY team that included a piercing and tattoo specialist who used ice to quell the pain of the procedure. [Super-Intelligent Machines: 7 Robotic Futures]
Now that the device is inserted and functioning, Cannon is one step closer to achieving a childhood dream. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been telling people that I want to be a robot,” Cannon told The Verge. “These days, that doesn’t seem so impossible anymore.”
The Circadia chip isn’t particularly advanced: All it does is record Cannon’s body temperature and transmit it to his cellphone over a Bluetooth connection. While this isn’t a huge improvement over an ordinary thermometer how analog! it does represent one small step forward in what will undoubtedly be a continuing march toward greater integration of electronics and biology.
Cannon is hardly the first individual to have technology implanted into his or her body just ask former vice president Dick Cheney (who had a battery-powered artificial heart implanted), or any dog with a microchip.
Some are referring to biohacking as the next wave in evolution. “I think that’s the trend, and where we’re heading,” according to futurist and sci-fi author James Rollins.
“There’s a whole ‘transhuman’ movement, which is the merging of biology and machine,” Rollins told LiveScience in an earlier interview. “Google Glass is one small step, and now there’s a Japanese scientist who’s developed the contact lens equivalent of Google Glass. And those are two things you put right on, if not in, your body. So I think we’re already moving that way, and quite rapidly.”
Cannon sees future refinements as being able to do more than just passively transmit information. “I think that our environment should listen more accurately and more intuitively to what’s happening in our body,” Cannon told Motherboard. “So if, for example, I’ve had a stressful day, the Circadia will communicate that to my house and will prepare a nice relaxing atmosphere for when I get home: dim the lights, [draw] a hot bath.”
DARPA unveils one of world’s most advanced humanoid robots
Published July 12, 2013
ATLAS is a hydraulically powered robot in the form of an adult human. It is capable of a variety of natural movements, including dynamic walking, calisthenics and user-programmed behavior. (DARPA)
DARPA’s Atlas robot, developed by Boston Dynamics, is six-foot-two and weighs 290 pounds. (DARPA)
He’s six-two, weighs 330 pounds, and has arms that stretch wider than a car — but the NFL doesn’t want this guy in its lineup.
- BY THE NUMBERS
ATLAS is a hydraulically powered robot in the form of an adult human. Here’s ATLAS, by the numbers:
Weight (incl. powerpack): 330 lbs
Shoulder Width: 30”
Number of hydraulic joints: 28
Other features: Crash protection, modular wrists, LIDAR, stereo sensors
Defense contractors on Thursday unveiled one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built as part of the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge in Waltham, Mass. Called ATLAS, the giant is controlled by a human operator, who guides the sensors, hydraulics, and limbs through a range of natural motions, the military said.
He can walk up stairs, stay upright after getting hit with heavy weights, and climb over or around obstacles in his path — and may ultimately boost the ability of first responders in a disaster scenario.
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“We have dramatically raised the expectations for robotic capabilities with this Challenge, and brought together a diverse group of teams to compete,” said Gill Pratt, program manager for the DARPA Robotics Challenge.
And ATLAS is just one of the robots in the military’s latest robobuilding contest.
“The Virtual Robotics Challenge was a proving ground for teams’ ability to create software to control a robot in a hypothetical scenario. The DRC Simulator tasks were fairly accurate representations of real world causes and effects, but the experience wasn’t quite the same as handling an actual, physical robot,” Pratt said.
“Now these seven teams will see if their simulation-honed algorithms can run a real machine in real environments. And we expect all teams will be further refining their algorithms, using both simulation and experimentation.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/07/12/darpa-unveils-one-world-most-advanced-humanoid-robots/?intcmp=features#ixzz2Yxs6pmRL
I now have 14 inches of titanium, plastic and ceramic instead of a left hip, joint and femur. Millions have artificial limbs, some mechanical hearts or metallic stints in their veins. Increasingly we add mechanical devices internally and externally to our bodies in order to modify or heal them for the better. This melding of human and machine is likely to accelerate over the next twenty to forty years. You might not recognize your grandchildren as humans.
Here is the latest – LED contact lenses that enhance your sight, can allow you to see in darkness, and can even show you movies and photos onto your eye instead of a screen. This is not the future, this is NOW.
LED Lights Make Augmented Vision a Reality
Okay, this is just freaky. We know LED lights are versatile enough to be used for practically anything, but LED contact lenses? Really?! Yes, as it turns out, really. University of Washington researchers have figured out how to implant semitransparent red and blue LED lights in contact lenses, for the purpose of receiving and displaying data in sharp visual images and video. This means wearers will literally be able to watch TV or view photos that are projected directly onto their eyeballs.
Once miniature green LEDs are developed (and they’re in the works, as of now), full color displays will be possible. Once that happens, the possibilities are endless. Think about everything your smart phone can do right now, and imagine the same being possible for your eyeball. This news is a little scary and a lot fascinating, if you ask me—at the very least, with LED contact lenses, your hands would be free to pet your robot or tinker with your hover board.
Lead researcher Babak Parvis comments “You won’t necessarily have to shift your focus to see the image generated by the contact lens,” it would just appear in front of you and your view of the real world will be completely unobstructed when the display is turned off.
Ah, the real world. With augmented reality becoming a reality, it feels like the real world is fast becoming a relic of the past.
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I went today and spent quite awhile with people I know in the various genre’s just hanging out. It was busier than last year for a Friday. Last year, on a Saturday, it was so busy it was hard to move at times and the fire marshal kept changing the exhibit areas to one in one out. This year there is more space and the aisles are much wider as well. Some of my display friends were complaining about new rules, like saying they would not dance by their exhibit- so it sounds as if some negotiations went on with the fire Marshall to prevent over crowding tomorrow.
Definitely an awesome event, the best in Arizona, and the best on the west coast you can get tickets for – ComicCon in San Diego had 250k tickets sell out in less than hour…sigh. I did not have the presence at the event I had wished. Preliminarily I planned to be on some panels and set up a table to two, but my hip surgery threw things off. I know I looked normal to others, but felt like this myself:
Kind of crazy, as I was dressed normally and just using a walker, yes a walker, even with dark blue tennis balls on the back. Still, nothing makes you feel older than walking around a ComicCon with geriatric devices. I started to tell people I was dressed up as “Full Hip Replacement Man” a new test market graphic novel hero for the aging readers, with awesome wisdom of the years superpowers but with certain mobility limits. I don’t think it helped much.
Anyway, I had a great time, but once again, eat and drink before you get there. The food and drinks make theater pricing look cheap and hospital food tasty. Over half the people today were in costume which made it more fun. I might go all Steampunk on folks tomorrow. No time to rub down the walker with bronze…sigh. I also believe I will be doing a live podcast tomorrow from the event, so stay tuned!