While cyborgs have stormed across the big screen and lived in the pages of novels and comic books for decades it’s only recently that our technology has reached this level of sophistication. While it might sound like a natural progression of technology, people don’t always understand how amazingly complex technology has become.
We Have The Technology
One of the most amazing breakthroughs in cybernetic technology in recent years has been the creation of prosthetic limbs. While robotics have existed for years the idea of limbs that can follow the commands of the electronic impulses traveling from the brain and through the nerves is still something so new that it’s barely real. Thanks to tireless efforts from inventors and surgeons both it’s now possible to create hands and arms, legs, feet, and there are even some advancements that can give sight back to to those who once had it but have lost it due to medical reasons.
This technology is more than skin deep, though. While the first artificial heart was created decades ago, it’s possible to fix all kinds of internal organ defects with mechanical add ons. Implanted pace makers are an example, but so are gastric devices that control how much one eats. Jason Hope the technological entrepreneur things with the advent of 3D printing technology it’s even possible to shape and replace damaged bone material such as that which is weakened by age, destroyed in accidents, or eaten away by cancer. From artificial cartilage to new teeth, it’s possible for a huge part of the human machine to be replaced in this modern day and age.
Where technology goes from this point may be a combination of the mechanical and the biological. The idea of re-growing limbs or organs from the donor’s own tissues is one that has seen some legitimate interest from the scientific community. The same is true with the ideas of implanting computers to help regulate body functions so that people can live healthier, more normal lives.
What else is on the roster? 3D printing instant body parts before the old ones wear out? Creating a blood replacement from a liquid that can be produced on a larger, more industrial basis? Perhaps it will be a future where nano machines can crawl through a host’s body and kill cancer cells straight from the bloodstream? No one can really say what will or won’t happen from where we are now, but to judge from all of the progress that’s been made so far the integration of man and machine is far, far from over. Particularly when it comes to saving lives and helping those who wouldn’t be able to otherwise recover.