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But the real cost of a modern-day cyborg in 2008 would be quite different, according to Greg Chirikjian, professor of mechanical engineering at The Johns Hopkins Institute and a big fan of the original TV show.
According to Chirikjian, research and development costs to design a bionic man would be $50 million to $100 million today. But with a completed design, production costs would only be several hundred thousand dollars per person, he said, but they'd lack Austin's super powers.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have now created a flexible microthread electrode (MTE) that is only 7 micrometers in diameter, and can be bent into a full circle with a diameter of just a few hundred microns. It consists of an electrospun carbon fiber core with a thin film dielectric coating that is nonreactive inside the body.
If neurons can later be guided into these custom-built myelin guide tubes, larger-scale brain-computer interfaces may become more feasible. As implant technologies become more user friendly we will begin to see BCIs and BMIs (brain-machine interfaces) migrate from external toy-like curiosities to essential internal components of the post-human machine.
Originally posted by jude11
Great stuff Slayer!
My only question here is who will be the recipients of the technology? Just looking at some of those Bionic appendages makes it quite clear that they are very expensive and that only a few lucky individuals will even have the resources available to afford them.
I suppose that in years to come they will drop in price as all technology eventually does, but to the level that anyone needing it will have the chance? Not sure about that. One can always hope tho...right?
Thanks for another great read.
Stem cells are unique cells of the body in that they are unspecialized and have the ability to develop into several different types of cells. They are different from specialized cells, such as heart or blood cells, in that they can replicate many times, for long periods of time. This ability is what is known as proliferation. Unlike other cells, stem cells also have the ability to differentiate or develop into specialized cells for specific organs or develop into tissues. In some tissues, such as muscle or brain tissue, stem cells can even regenerate to aid in the replacement of damaged cells.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
Originally posted by beezzer
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The tech I'm really interested in is the perforated chip implanted in existing tissue. Nerve stimmuli is recorded through the chip and directly sent to the prostethsis. Micro actuators drive the missing limb in a real life fashion.
We're on the cusp of seeing some great advances!
I wonder how this tech would be developed affordable?
It's one thing to create it it's another for wide use among those who are in real need