Augmentation

Staying healthy long enough for radical life extension to become a reality is like to involve body augmentation as drugs and healthy living will only get us so far. So human body interventions are likely to be needed such as replacement organs and body parts, or even external augmentation such as exoskeletons to keep us mobile.

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Us + Invisible Interface = Superman?

Singularity Hub - 26-Aug-2018

Physical tools (e.g. hammers, paintbrushes) are natural extensions of our bodies. But electronic devices require us use them via its interface to perform tasks. Both the device and the physical world command our attention. Devices should be “ready to hand” and act seamlessly with our body movements Extended reality (XR) encompasses both augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). Superheroes' powers come easily to them.

Cybord matches video to EEG activity

Quartz - 19-Aug-2018

MIT Media Lab experiment records video and physiological data. Mnemo collects heart rate, temperature and blood oxygen levels. Also monitors brain activity via an EEG cap. Able to match video to physiological data to identify emotional spikes. Made participant aware of his nervousness when using a phone. Could eventually develop into an artificial psychologist. Goal is to build a memory bank big enough to help people with memory loss.

Cyborgs: Living Cells In A Robotic Finger

Futurism - 31-May-2018

Biohybrid robot joins living tissue with mechanical skeleton. Robotic device remained functional for more than a week. 3D-printed resin skeleton had anchors added to attach living tissue. Myoblasts incorporated into hydrogel sheets grown between the anchors. Bot’s fingertip can bend up and down. Able to pick up a tiny ring and place it on a peg. Testing drugs on biohybrid robots could reduce animal testing.