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He even has artificial intelligence and a speech synthesis system allowing him to understand simple statements and respond to questions. The finished "man" can walk and talk, and apparently says his name is Rex and informs people that he likes Ralph Lauren and rap music.
"Throughout history people have always sought to enhance themselves to overcome disabilities or to become 'bigger, better, stronger and faster'.
It seems apt that the program should be hosted by Dr. Bertolt Meyer, a social psychologist from Switzerland. Meyer was born without a left hand, and wears an iLimb Ultra, a sophisticated prosthetic hand made by Touch Bionics (the same type used in the android) priced at around US$48,000. Sensors applied to the skin of the residual limb detect muscular movements, which the device translates into hand and finger movements. Meyer is joined by UK roboticists Richard Walker and Matthew Godden, specialists from the Shadow Robot Company (probably best known for the Shadow dexterous robot hand). They borrowed £630,000 (approximately $1 million) worth of parts to construct the bionic man, which looks at first glance somewhat silly. It may not pass for a person, but it does highlight promising current and future technologies
It seems like we've still got a long way to go before we can say we've seen a real bionic man. Much of this technology is still only experimental, and will take years to fully develop, but the program will raise some of the ethical concerns relating to it.
These augmentations are installed into slots in various parts of the body. The choice is permanent, so once the augmentation is activated, it cannot be undone for the remainder of the game. Unlike previous iterations,players are not required to find specific items for specific augmentation slots; you may activate any augmentation at any time so long as you have the required Praxis points.
Typhoon Explosive System. In effect, the Typhoon augmentation turns its user into a human fragmentation grenade, placing him or her at the center of a blast radius that inflicts a ranged sphere of damage on surrounding targets, in all directions, without focus or aim. Every detonation requires the expenditure of one ammo pack and one energy cell.
No, I disagree. What you are talking about is a FICTIONAL computer game. The link you give goes to some Deus Ex Wiki. For example...
I look forward to your explanation on how some writers from a video game have somehow influenced both the REAL LIFE development of synthetic internal organs and robotic limbs and also financed some very high tech advancements from some of the top universities and corporations in this field.
Research and development into advanced robotics has been going on for decades, and if anything the link is the other way round: Real life robotic developments influenced this video game.
Originally posted by DAVID64
I hope this is first used to help the paralyzed and those with missing limbs regain mobility, but I also see a domestic side to these coming. Science fiction has talked for years about the household robot servant and I think we're seeing it's beginnings. Maybe in 20 years, we'll have a robot that cleans the house, drives the kids to school and even fixes meals.
When I clicked your link to the game wiki I was disappointed to find it was full of fictional stuff like those I quoted and much more.
My personal interest is in Real World issues and applications for this remarkable technology.
And yes I also think that the next 5-10 years could see many useful solutions and breakthroughs to combat numerous disabilities and deficiencies that we presently face being made widely available.
"Its main goal is to try and understand the development of sensory motor intelligence from a computational point of view," explained principal investigator Movellan in a 2010 Q&A with the Japan-based PlasticPals blog. "It brings together researchers in developmental psychology, machine learning, neuroscience, computer vision and robotics. Basically we are trying to understand the computational problems that a baby’s brain faces when learning to move its own body and use it to interact with the physical and social worlds."
Originally posted by Char-Lee
reply to post by Lonewulph
They will probably start putting human brains in these guys.