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.
Click on the photo below to check out 10 of the new medical technologies and methods that are giving us super-human capabilities.
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)
All of these technologies are impressive. I was especially interested in the tissue regeneration technology that allows human skin to regenerate on patches. Many people can be helped with this breakthrough as the technology develops further.
I agree, Greg. Equally impressive (and inspring) is the high school student who created a prosthetic for his cousin after she lost an arm in a bad car accident. These advancements always seem more impressive to me when they come from the minds of the young.
Cabe - we can take the technology and use it differently. Like the Internet. TALOS could help snow and ski patrols or forest firefighters. Exo-skeletons could help staff in hospices and nursing homes safely lift patients.
Thanks alot for such an impressive and informative article . No doubt the regeneration of tissues is really a very good and unique idea and will help a lot of people suffering with different medical issues .
No doubt all the mentioned technologies are really impressive and helpfull i but other than the tissue generation i also liked the medication for diseases like cancer that will only treat with harmfull cells without destroying other cells and immune system . This process will no doubt help the cancer patient suffering and will result in an healthy treatment as well.
Fascinating stuff Liz. You always come up with something extra ordinary and surprise me. I am really excited about the technologies dealing with the brain. Projects like Recovering Active Memory and brain-to-brain interfacing are just out of this world. I am looking forward to how this all concludes, as brain is a very sensitive organ and it will be a remarkable achievement if we manage to heal and control it. Perhaps one day i will be able to record my dreams and watch them when i wake up by just plugging a USB on my laptop.
This will be the Ultimate Exercise Suit. Just think how hard it is to get regular exercise. How slow exoskeleton development has been. The exercise market would give it a push. This has all been about decreasing physical stress but the opposite must also be true. The same technologies that assist you in climbing steers while recovering from an injury. That same technology could oppose muscle movement on daily walks. The UES would be use by astronauts to decrease the affect of micro gravity. I am oppose to technology that weaken us. UES would leave the user stronger after removing it. Frankly Ultimate Exercise Suit I can see everyone.
The defense market place is insignificant when compare to the civilian market. Every sport team would want their athlete to wear UES when they are not on the field. Insurance companies would want their clients to wear a UES. That will protect them and strength them. Insurance companies are the biggest beneficiary from health clients.
The UES product development needs a push beyond the narrow perspective of the military. I am surprise that Google, Microsoft or other tech giants are not running with this. These technologies have the potential to make us better, as ubiquitous as clothing. The UES would become clothing.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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