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Practical transhumanism: five living cyborgs (Wired UK)

Practical transhumanism: five living cyborgs (Wired UK) | Longevity science | Scoop.it
The term "cyborg" literally means "cybernetic organism" -- a being constructed of both mechanical and organic material.

 

Wired.co.uk celebrates Transhuman Week by exploring five examples of human beings who, today, would qualify as living cyborgs.

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One step closer to cyborgs- engineering complex tissue

One step closer to cyborgs- engineering complex tissue | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers have created a self-supporting scaffolding of nanowires and coated it with a biocompatible material. They grew heart and nerve cells within this scaffold, which developed into a single structure with embedded nanowires.

 

With this technology, researchers can work at the cellular scale much more effectively, without damaging the cells and with the capability to observe cells from anywhere within the tissue.

 

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The artificial finger | KurzweilAI

The artificial finger | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

European researchers have developed the first sensitive artificial finger.

 

The NanoBioTact and NanoBioTouch projects seek to radically improve understanding of the human mechano-transduction system and tissue engineered nanobiosensors

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Artificial spinal disc designed to treat chronic lower back pain

Artificial spinal disc designed to treat chronic lower back pain | Longevity science | Scoop.it

 

More spare parts news!

 

The soft, collagen-rich shock absorbers in our backs, known as intervertebral discs, both add to our height (a full quarter of the spinal column's total length) and cushion our vertebrae from contacting one another. Unfortunately, aging, accidents and overuse can damage them and lead to the costly phenomenon of chronic back pain – roughly US$100 billion is spent annually on treatment in the U.S. alone.

 

Replacement of damaged discs, rather than spinal fusion, is an option that's growing in popularity, especially because it helps maintain mobility in the spine. Now, a team from Brigham Young University (BYU) has unveiled their new artificial disc, a compliant mechanism that they believe has the potential to restore quality of life to millions of those with injured spines.

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First Australian bionic eye prototype successfully implanted

First Australian bionic eye prototype successfully implanted | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Australian researchers implanted a new version of a bionic eye into a blind woman. The subject had experienced years of darkness due to retinitis pigmentosa, but when the implant was activated, she could see light and shapes.

 

The implant behind the retina sends electrical impulses along the optic nervers and into the brain, which processes these signals despite the fact that they are not actually originiating from the retina.

 

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The strange neuroscience of immortality | KurzweilAI

The strange neuroscience of immortality | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist Kenneth Hayworth believes that he can live forever, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. But first he has to die.

 

“The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body,” he says.

 

He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin — before he dies of natural causes.

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Rethinking G20: SESIÓN 2: PROVOCAR EL SIGNIFICADO

Dr. Terry Grossman presented at the G20: Designing the Future conference in Mexico. His portion begins at about 1:22:46 and runs 12 minutes.


(G20: SESIÓN 2: PROVOCAR EL SIGNIFICADO)

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Lab-grown human blood vessels could help study diseases, grow tissues for transplant

Lab-grown human blood vessels could help study diseases, grow tissues for transplant | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A team of bioengineers at the University of Washington has developed the first structure for growing small human blood vessels in the laboratory. The vessels behave remarkably like those in a living human and offer a better and much more modular approach to studying blood-related diseases, testing drugs and, one day, growing human tissues for transplant.

The past year alone has brought remarkable advances in blood vessel regrowth in the human body...

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