With the future of humanity as a hovering thought, waiting to be materialized and solidified, I wonder what will be the next big leap in technological advancements available for the public. Will we see aerial drones that can wirelessly tethered to person to act as an life recorder? Will the next wave of automatic customer service be holograms that you can summon to direct you through a mall? Maybe implantable devices that can improve human functions and create healthier individuals is on the horizon. I am very excited to be alive in a age were these ideas are not just science fiction but things that the millennial may see in their lifetime.
Though our future is destined with digital devices, we already enjoy tools that improve our lifestyles. The phone is a great piece of tech that best explains our transition from rudimentary communication techniques to more advanced and convenient techniques. The landline phone was implemented in 1878, were subscribers had to lease telephones and set up their own line to connect with another. Now, in modern times, we can lease handled supercomputers with high-res screens, that can serve as a phone when subscribed to a service provider. Maybe in the future, we can simply use our brain electrical pulses to make calls, and communicate through a chip-embedded strip layered on our teeth.
Speaking of chip embedded implantable devices (which is why I’m writing this post) I came across a science conference, held by World Science Festival. It casted tech enthusiast (Jennifer French), bioengineer(P. Hunter Peckham), medical ethicist(Joseph J. Fins), and a neuroscientist(John Donoghue). They were discussing what could be and the pathway to the future of the bionic body. How they describe how the bionic body could become mainstream, is through the research on restoring lifestyles to the disabled person.
One of the technologies the conference showcased was a device that brought back muscle control to the paraplegic. Jennifer French had such a device connected to her. It was a box with various buttons strapped around her waist. Then she had wires tunneled into her paralyzed muscles’ to send a electric pulse to. So if she wanted to stand, she would press a button programmed for standing, and the right pulses will allow here to stand without any human intervention. Pretty cool. They had other devices and concepts as well they shared that will repair the disabled person. You can check out the video here: Better, Stronger, Faster: The Future of the Bionic Body.
With this said, even though we maybe years off, will the research to completely repair the disabled body lead to the pathway to technologies dedicated to enhancing certain human functions? There are prosthetics out there that can replace phantom limb with a actual, lifelike prosthetic limb that can feel and be controlled through electrical pulses. Of course before this tech becomes a mainstream reality, people would need to become comfortable and explore the moral and medical implications of said devices. Which begs the question, are you ready to co-exist with bionic humans?
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