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)
@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.
"Yes, Mydesign, and this is pretty much true in all of life, isn't it? It's all about perspective. If you want to look at things positively, great, but there are those that choose the negative way in many aspects of life, and this is what leads to problems. Since technology was created by humans, human nature like this comes into play in a big way."
Elizabeth, there is an old saying "Man propose and God dispose", in new tech era it's changed by "Likely minded peoples propose and negative minded peoples disposes"
The Iron Man suit would be handy for sure...I'll have ot revisit the Aliens films to see the cargo mover you're talking about. But anything that would make moving house easier is fine with me, especially as I am facing a potential move myself soon!
Yes, Mydesign, and this is pretty much true in all of life, isn't it? It's all about perspective. If you want to look at things positively, great, but there are those that choose the negative way in many aspects of life, and this is what leads to problems. Since technology was created by humans, human nature like this comes into play in a big way.
"Yes, in a way it kind of reminds me of the Internet, Mydesign. It has been a really amazing idea that's changed our lives in so many ways, but people like hackers take advantage of it and use it for ill purposes"
Elizabeth, exactly. Certain peoples are approaching technology with negative mind and continue with similar experiments.
Yes, in a way it kind of reminds me of the Internet, Mydesign. It has been a really amazing idea that's changed our lives in so many ways, but people like hackers take advantage of it and use it for ill purposes.
"That's exactly the conundrum with some of this enhancement medical technology. Where do you draw the line between improving people's lives when something has been taken away from them physically, and just improving a human's physicality just for the sake of doing it?"
Elizabeth, that line has to be drawn by the policy makers.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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