Innovations in medicine and technology are rapidly approaching capabilities humans could only imagine. Things from artificial organs to prosthetics are becoming as good as the parts they’re replacing. Some even have features that surpass what we can do with our natural bodies.
These advancements and other research in the realm of robotics, diagnostic and treatment devices, nanotechnology, and medical implants may one day make humans superior versions of their natural selves. Some of these technologies are currently the subject of ethical and moral debates that question whether medicine should have the capability to make us super-human. As research moves on 2014 could be the year some of the more controversial medical innovations are ready for prime time.
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The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, being developed by the Department of Defense is being likened to the one worn by the lead character in “Iron Man” for its qualities of near-invincibility. It can not only to monitor when a soldier has been injured, but also potentially heal a wound by applying treatment. The US Special Operations Unit, which is developing the suit, also is planning to include an exoskeleton framework with hydraulics around the joints to give soldiers extra movement, power, and strength beyond what they normally would have. A prototype of TALOS is expected in June, but this photo of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) WHAT is a sneak peek of what the technology may look like. (Source: DARPA)
Thanks, Debera. Yes, that would definitely be helpful technology to people who have lost their memories for whatever reason. i also know some people who would like their memories erased like in that film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." I think I have actually seen technology that could make this possible, too!
Elizebeth no doubt its an excellent post and what can i do I am really getting fascinated by majority of the technologies I also liked the process of getting back the memory its an awsome one . Those who have lost there memories in any accidents or shocks now they can recover their ost thats great hatsoff :)
Elizebeth apart from the cancer cure genetically modified children is also a good idea and thougt if this is possible it will help to improve the living and lives of many people who inheret diseases . It can make lives easier no doubt a very good thought .
Indeed, Debera, this is the goal of targeted drug therapies--to treat only the areas that need to be treated so other areas are not affected. I think it's a bit of a Holy Grail of this type of treatment. Scientists are getting close.
Yes, Debera, I think that's exactly the point. The artificial brain will give doctors and scientists insight into how the brain works, not necessarily be something that will be used to replace a real brain in a human. That seems a bit too scifi and creepy! But you never know--with the way medicine is progressing, perhaps that will someday happen as well. I don't think I want to be around to see it, though.
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