“The South Korean government is planning to develop a prototype of a wearable “bionic arm” that can move and feel according to the user’s intention within this year.”
“A bionic arm is modeled after human skins, muscles, skeletons and joints. The government plans to complete the development of a prototype and verify it through animal experiment.
The Ministry of Science and ICT announced on Jan. 13 that it has finalized its plan for the development convergence technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robots and bio technology. It will invest 37.5 billion won (US$33.52 million) this year in human enhancement technology (HET)”,
Apparently HET refers to techniques that can be used not simply for treating illness and disability, but also for enhancing human characteristics and capacities.
This would imply that those that did not “sign up to” these enhancements would be at a severe disadvantage. I wonder if I could order these enhancements through Amazon one day. I wonder if I might have to declare this on any job application that I might apply for….
What is also astounding, is that all these developments have been occurring all over the globe. We have been seeing these technology aided arms now for the last few years. Implemented initially with the support of military finances. Not just in the so called advanced western world, now we are hearing news from South Korea too . Technology is and has been advancing at an exponential rate. It boggles the mind to think about what advances might exist but are not yet public.
Are we to become “common place” part man part robot?
I am personally excited by these development but somewhat wary too. Before long it feels as though it will be quite normal or common place to have our bodies augmented with technology gadgets. It might seem like a leap, but in the same way that cash has been slowly and compulsorally phased. That is eradicated for being a bit of an dirty inconvenience. I don’t think it’s such a stretch to think that gadgets like the Huso sound therapy machines will not be thought of as clumsy. That is too clumsy to wear externally, so why not build them into our heads as a brain or mind supplementary aids. We then more commonly become part man part robot.
The story finalise by adding;
It seems to me that with any type of advance there is always a price to pay. Just when we eradicate an illness, another form of incurable disease rares it head. Are we destined to always play catch up? Are we actually becoming smarter? Or are we heading towards a path that we really don’t want to go?
Here is some of the scary stuff to do with mind and technology that I was eluding to the except are taken from the following website url where you can read the full article;
“A person with a brain chip can now pilot a swarm of drones — or even advanced fighter jets, thanks to research funded by the U.S.military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.
“As of today, signals from the brain can be used to command and control … not just one aircraft but three simultaneous types of aircraft,” said Justin Sanchez, who directs DARPA’s biological technology office, at the Agency’s 60th-anniversary event in Maryland.
More importantly, DARPA was able to improve the interaction between pilot and the simulated jet to allow the operator, a paralyzed man named Nathan, to not just send but receive signals from the craft.”
Excerpt for the above taken from https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/09/its-now-possible-telepathically-communicate-drone-swarm/151068/
Let me know what your views are. Is the mind controlled bionic arm a good thing? Is it me or is there a lingering creepiness about advances that are moving at such rapid pace. I am greatful to be living in modern times, and I do feel there are fantastic tech capabilities ahead. My question is which of these will we regret building.