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)
Developing an artificial brain will be a great acheivement for scientist. Because it is not necessary that they will be successfull in developing virtual brain they in dong so tthey will come across differen t functions and neurons of the brain which will help increase there understanding .
Thanks Elizebeth for such an interesting post , Brain to brain interface is a very good thing. It can help in many ways like controllig thr brains of the other not only this but also in controlling the actions of others as well. This technology can be very usefull in crime department to control the crime of the suspected people as well This is what i beleive and it is just a assumption maybe i am wrong
Elizabath personally I do not like the idea of an others mind reading, Cause that I feels it will lead to lose the privacy and will lead unexpected problems. I do like to know the ideas of others also.
@Cabe: I do not think the intent of the military has changed a great deal since when I was discharged in 1970. If it has, I apologise. At that time the majority of military weaponry wass not designed to kill, but rather to maim and wound. That is more damaging logisticly. It is also more effective in damaging enemy morale. War is very nasty and the goal is to win. Hopefully to win without even firing a shot, but win none the less.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
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