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May 24, 2019

Neuroprosthetics and deep brain stimulation: Two big neuroscience breakthroughs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface the size of a baby aspirin that can restore mobility to people with paralysis or amputated limbs.

How does it work? It rewires neural messages from the brain’s motor cortex to a robotic arm, or reroutes it to the person’s own muscles. In this video, Big Think contributor Susan Hockfield, president emerita of MIT, explains further.

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May 21, 2019

The Army Is Spending Millions on Powered Exoskeletons

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No Iron Man suits yet; most exoskeletons mainly help soldiers carry heavy loads.

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May 21, 2019

Six Paths to the Nonsurgical Future of Brain-Machine Interfaces

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, cyborgs, robotics/AI, wearables

DARPA has awarded funding to six organizations to support the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N) program, first announced in March 2018. Battelle Memorial Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Rice University, and Teledyne Scientific are leading multidisciplinary teams to develop high-resolution, bidirectional brain-machine interfaces for use by able-bodied service members. These wearable interfaces could ultimately enable diverse national security applications such as control of active cyber defense systems and swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles, or teaming with computer systems to multitask during complex missions.

“DARPA is preparing for a future in which a combination of unmanned systems, artificial intelligence, and cyber operations may cause conflicts to play out on timelines that are too short for humans to effectively manage with current technology alone,” said Al Emondi, the N program manager. “By creating a more accessible brain-machine interface that doesn’t require surgery to use, DARPA could deliver tools that allow mission commanders to remain meaningfully involved in dynamic operations that unfold at rapid speed.”

Over the past 18 years, DARPA has demonstrated increasingly sophisticated neurotechnologies that rely on surgically implanted electrodes to interface with the central or peripheral nervous systems. The agency has demonstrated achievements such as neural control of prosthetic limbs and restoration of the sense of touch to the users of those limbs, relief of otherwise intractable neuropsychiatric illnesses such as depression, and improvement of memory formation and recall. Due to the inherent risks of surgery, these technologies have so far been limited to use by volunteers with clinical need.

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May 17, 2019

Exoskeleton Suits Are Expected To Become Commonplace

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Experts at Vanderbilt University are working on exoskeleton suits for everyday life.

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May 17, 2019

A New Ion-Drive Transistor Is Here to Interface With Your Brain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, cyborgs, neuroscience

Silicon transistors and the brain don’t mix.

At least not optimally. As scientists and companies are increasingly exploring ways to interface your brain with computers, fashioning new hardware that conforms to and compliments our biological wetware becomes increasingly important.

To be fair, silicon transistors, when made into electrode arrays, can perform the basics: record neural signals, process and analyze them with increasingly sophisticated programs that detect patterns, which in turn can be used to stimulate the brain or control smart prosthetics.

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May 12, 2019

Prepare Yourself For The Shock Of Mass Implantable Brain Technology

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI

One of the most controversial narratives of our time will be discussion around identity and intention, that is who is it actually doing or thinking whatever it is you may be witnessing and why. This disruptive shift will be about discerning between human intelligence, artificial intelligence, hybrids-of-sorts and the types of parameters with which to best frame each category.


Get ready for one of the most controversial tech developments of our era.

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May 7, 2019

Ekaterina Bereziy, CEO of ExoAtlet, a Russian company developing medical exoskeletons to enable people walk again — IdeaXme — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, automation, bioengineering, bionic, biotech/medical, business, cyborgs, disruptive technology, robotics/AI, science

May 2, 2019

Humanity Has Officially Entered the Era of the Exosuit

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, mobile phones

I loved the Thundercats cartoon as a child, watching cat-like humanoids fighting the forces of evil. Whenever their leader was in trouble, he’d unleash the Sword of Omens to gain “sight beyond sight,” the ability to see events happening at faraway places, or bellow “Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats, Hooo!” to instantaneously summon his allies to his location to join the fight. What kid didn’t want those superpowers?

I also wanted Green Lantern’s ring, Wonder Woman’s bracelets, Captain America’s shield, and, of course, Batman’s batsuit. I never imagined then that 30 years later, as National Superhero Day approaches, I’d be designing components of my own supersuits.

I didn’t really notice this until a few months ago. On that day, my childhood dreams were at once destroyed and fulfilled. Standing in a line, I noticed that everyone was focused on their smartphones’ screens. Suddenly it hit me: I already had Sword of Omens superpowers. With my smartphone, I can see video of faraway events and text my friends to meet up. Billions of people now have what used to be considered superpowers.

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May 2, 2019

German Bionic to present its first robot exoskeleton for industrial IoT

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, internet, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Robotics specialist German Bionic is to present the first connected robot exoskeleton for use with the industrial internet of things, at the Hannover Messe industrial technology show.

The German Bionic IO cloud platform connects the third generation of the Cray X exoskeleton with all common enterprise solutions and networked manufacturing systems, enabling complete integration into “smart factory” and Industry 4.0 environments.

Besides cloud services such as wireless software updates – over the air – and predictive maintenance, German Bionic IO facilitates the continuous optimization of the intelligent control system through machine learning and lays the data-scientific foundation for the next development stages of bionics.

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Apr 28, 2019

Tilly Lockey — the real life Alita: Battle Angel

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, transhumanism

Tilly is the real life Alita. She uses her bionic arms as a sign of strength 🙌 www.openbionics.com/alita

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