Cyborg Science

We can already repair and even augment our bodies with both artificial and transplanted body components. (see Rebuilding Our Bodies) Science and technology are rapidly pushing forward to a point where it will become possible for our bodies to be *mostly* artificial instead of organic.  The articles below offer some of the blueprints for how this will become practical.

Working Artificial Nerve Networks Under Development – [sciencedaily.com]

ScienceDaily (Jan. 30, 2009) — Scientists have already hooked brains directly to computers by means of metal electrodes, in the hope of both measuring what goes on inside the brain and eventually healing conditions such as blindness or epilepsy. In the future, the interface between brain and artificial system might be based on nerve cells grown for that purpose.

Conceptualizing A Cyborg: New Ideas On Developing Thought-Controlled Artificial Limbs – [sciencedaily.com]

ScienceDaily (Jan. 22, 2007) — Investigators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine describe the basis for developing a biological interface that could link a patient’s nervous system to a thought-driven artificial limb. Their conceptual framework – which brings together years of spinal-cord injury research – is published in the January issue of Neurosurgery.

Electronic Chip, Interacting With The Brain, Modifies Pathways For Controlling Movement – [sciencedaily.com]

ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2006) — Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) are working on an implantable electronic chip that may help establish new nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls movement. Their most recent study, to be published in the Nov. 2, 2006, edition of Nature, showed such a device can induce brain changes in monkeys lasting more than a week. Strengthening of weak connections through this mechanism may have potential in the rehabilitation of patients with brain injuries, stroke, or paralysis.

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