May 092011

As something of a futurist, I often consider the concept of contemporary technology seeming barbaric only a few decades/years later.  Leeches, bloodletting, wound cauterization, invasive neuro-cybernetic prosthetics requiring surgery (yes, VNS, your end is also near).  A time-tested and verifiably inadequate piece of mobility enhancement technology is the wheelchair.  It may have assisted millions over the years, but it needs to go.  And so it shall!

Quadriplegic Walks Again with Exoskeletal Pants [VIA KURZWEIL AI]

Berkeley Creating Robotic Limbs to end the Need for Wheelchairs [VIA GATHER]

THE BEGINNING IS NEAR: HUMAN+ Self-Augmentation Realities and Concepts
Virtual I/Me/We Continued: Three Robots. Three People.
Future Coming Soon – Maybe Sooner than Michio Kaku Believes…
Medical Robot: M1 Mobile Manipulator
MIT’s High-Tech Artificial Limbs