Rise of Cyborgs: Man, AI and Machine – Neuralink – For so long man has been the master of he’s crafts and inventions, from the Industrial Age to the age of artificial intelligence we have crafted works of magical wizardry which continues to make our world a better place and our lives much better than our ancestors would have ever imagined. Now, all of this is changing and many experts see the dawning of a new phase, the singularity.
The singularity is when machines through artificial intelligence outpace human intelligence. But with advancements in AI, machines mechatronics and bioengineering our future is looking more and more like one of collaboration with our inventions rather than being masters of our crafts. We are gradually becoming the cyborgs we have long dreamed of for so many years. We have portrayed this as fictional concepts in games movies and animations.
So what are cyborgs? cybernetic organisms commonly known as Cyborgs are beings with both organic and biomechatronics body parts. The word was coined in 1960 by Manfred Clyne’s and Nathan s Klein. The term cyborg is not the same thing as bionic bio-robot or Android, it applies to an organism that has restored function or enhanced abilities due to the integration of some artificial component or technology that relies on some sort of feedback.
With the gradual merging of bioengineering, AI and mechatronics humans are entering the dawn of cyborgs some technology experts like Elon Musk, for example, believe that humans are already living lives very similar to that of a cyborg because we technically have a computer attached to us at all time it just so happens to be in our pocket instead of in our bodies.
However, musk and others in his field believe that as technology rapidly progresses the gap between our brain and computers will get closer and closer until they’re part of us. There are so many breakthroughs inventions making this possible. For example a California-based tech startup called Mojo Vision is tightening the gap between the brain and the computer even further with the development of an augmented reality contact lens.
The company says that their newer lenses will use 14K pixels per inch Micro displays this would show statistics like health tracking and other data in your eyes. The lens also contains wireless radio and image recognition technology which is programmed to know when it is needed and when to stay offline, this way you can have the information you want when you want it and not be bombarded or distracted by data when you don’t.
And there is also Neurallink founded by the tech entrepreneur Elon Musk which expressed ambitions of technologically enhancing humans by merging artificial intelligence with our own brains neural link or more specifically neurallace technology consists of a nanomesh of electrodes that encompass and eventually integrate with the brain allowing us to upload and download digital information directly.
Speaking on the Joe Rogan experience, musk claim that our attachment to mobile devices means that we are already cyborgs it’s just that the data rate is quite slow due to our clumsy finger-based input neural link would increase the bandwidth of this data flow allowing us to interact directly with our digital selves and even upload into a new unit should our biological body die.
The technology of prosthetic limbs has also progressed exponentially over the last few decades as newly developed materials have led to more practical and comfortable solutions. The increasing availability of 3d printing has recently allowed advanced prosthetics to reach the developing world. There have also been promising steps in improving biological communication to help integrate artificial limbs and to manipulate biological signals to our advantage.
Gil Weinberg, a professor and founding director at Georgia Tech Center for music technology and his team are working on using ultrasonic sensors to further improve the responsiveness of bionics. This holds so much promise to making seamless bionics movements. Researchers from MIT have also revealed a new surgical technique that allows a person to receive feedback that tells their brain where their prosthetic limbs are in space the MIT team’s technique uses a muscle graft from another part of the body to complete the muscle pair avoiding rejection which currently occurs in around 20% of cases and allowing the patient to communicate naturally with the new limb.
There is also a power exoskeleton system that is powered by a system of electric motors pneumatics, levers hydraulics or acombination of technologies that allow for limb movement with increased strength and endurance. Powered exoskeletons can improve the quality of life of individuals who have lost the use of their legs by enabling system assisted walking exoskeletons may also help with rehabilitation from stroke spinal cord injury or aging In 2019 the US Army developed some variety of slimmed-down exoskeletons to be used on the battlefield aimed at decreasing fatigue and increasing productivity for example, Lockheed Martin’s Onyx suit aims to support soldiers and performing tasks that are knee intensive such as crossing difficult terrains.
Exoskeletons are also being developed to help firefighters and other rescue workers to climb stairs carrying heavy pieces of equipment. At industrial levels, passive exoskeleton technology is increasingly being used in the automotive industry with the goal of reducing worker injury especially in the shoulders and spine and reducing errors due to fatigue. Though the concept of cyborgs has fascinated us for several years, it is more pertinent now than ever as we are making advances in the technologies and materials to achieve truly symbiotic implants and enhancements all of this could bring the greatest evolutional leap in biology since the appearance of life as much hasn’t changed for millions of years.
We could end up being as different from today’s humans as chimps are from us And that’s a look at what is becoming of us as we make advances to our sci-fi future I hope you enjoyed this article. What do you think about the dawning of cyborgs? Please leave a comment below and share with someone today.
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