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October 24th, 2009


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03:09 pm - Even more amazing robotics
As I mentioned in this post about cutting edge robotics, I expect that this work will also transfer to prosthetics, and it certainly has done so. I suspect that in 5 years we'll have the first prosthetics that are actually more dexterous and versatile than humans hands - the sense of touch will almost certainly be far more limited, and I don't see anything like the voluntary cyberlimbs found in far too many cyberpunk RPGs (and thankfully absent from all but the worst cyberpunk books), but it's still very impressive.

What I wonder is how long it will be until a few highly specialized surgeons get neural linkages like this implanted so that they can operate surgical robots more precisely - not as a replacement to their hand or arm, but in addition to it. That's tech that would not remotely surprise me to see. I'll be surprised if this isn't being tested and considered in 10 years.
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From:slothman
Date:October 24th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
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I actually know a guy who would voluntarily have one of his limbs lopped off and replaced with a cyberarm, but I expect that most people who lose a limb would rather have the replacement be one that was cultured from their stem cells and run off on the tissue printer, or just have the stump be persuaded into regenerating the lost limb.
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From:heron61
Date:October 24th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
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*nods* I'm expecting cyberlimbs to be a fairly rare thing in 20 years, since before that I'm guessing that some form of regeneration or vat growing will be used.

I actually know a guy who would voluntarily have one of his limbs lopped off and replaced with a cyberarm

I wonder how many people who say this would actually go through with it and how many would swiftly change their mind when the appointment for surgery came up. I'm certain that some people would actually do this (it's no more insane than voluntary trepanation, and people do that).
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From:kadath
Date:October 24th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
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In the hypothetical case of being an amputee in a world with both cybernetics and cultured tissue available, I'd try the cyberlimb first, to see what it was like. I could always get the cloned replacement later.

Edited at 2009-10-24 11:40 pm (UTC)

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