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Linking brains to computers: how new implants are helping us achieve this goal

The field of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) – which use electrodes, often implanted into the brain, to translate neuronal information into commands capable of controlling external systems such as a computer or robotic arm – have actually been around for some time. Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink, is aiming to test their BMI systems on a human patient by the end of 2020.

It’s 2019 – where’s my supersuit?

I wanted Green Lantern’s ring, Wonder Woman’s bracelets, Captain America’s shield and of course Batman’s batsuit. I never imagined then that 30 years later, as National Superhero Day approaches, I’d be designing components of my own supersuits.

A robot that can touch, eat and sleep? The reality of cyborgs like Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel is an interesting and wild ride, jam-packed full of concepts around cybernetics, dystopian futures and cyberpunk themes. The film – in cinemas from today – revolves around Alita (Rosa Salazar), a female cyborg (with original human brain) that is recovered by cybernetic doctor Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) and brought into the world of the future (the film is set in 2563).

Cyborg Neil Harbisson hears colours and says we’re all just shades of orange

For most people, five senses are enough. But a growing number of a transhumanists are using technology to expand the range of inputs our biology offers. One of the most recognisable among them is artist and activist Neil Harbisson. Born colourblind, Harbisson has a flexible antenna implanted into the back of his skull with a sensor on the end of it that converts colour data into sound waves. He st...[Read More]

Elon Musk wants to merge man and machine – here’s what he’ll need to work out

Computers and brains already talk to each other daily in high-tech labs – and they do it better and better. For example, disabled people can now learn to govern robotic limbs by the sheer power of their mind. The hope is that we may one day be able to operate spaceships with our thoughts, upload our brains to computers and, ultimately, create cyborgs. Now Elon Musk is joining the race. The CEO of ...[Read More]

The next wearable technology could be your skin

Technology can be awkward. Our pockets are weighed down with ever-larger smartphones that are a pain to pull out when we’re in a rush. And attempts to make our devices more easily accessible with smart watches have so far fallen flat. But what if a part of your body could become your computer, with a screen on your arm and maybe even a direct link to your brain? Artificial electronic skin (e-skin)...[Read More]

Light Start – Fiddle your FitBit, cyborg drummers, water on Mars, speeding SA and RotTR

Do not try this at home – How to fiddle your FitBit (and other trackers) We’ve heard tell of places like Discovery, which will award you with points for having a fitness tracker keeping tabs on you. Heard tell, mind you, because we’re not big on this health thing. But there are shortcuts now, because of course there are. Note that we don’t advocate that you’re about t...[Read More]

A roach, smartphone app and some cybernetics meet Kickstarter

The newest Kickstarter project could possibly be classed as cruelty to insects but it’s also one of the more interesting uses of a smartphone app Stuff has ever seen. The RoboRoach is a project that is looking for $10,000 in order to develop prototypes for an item that combines “neuroscience, evolution and engineering.” It involves turning roaches into cyborgs. Which can then be ...[Read More]

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