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Cyborgs at the Olympics and on the Dancefloor

Posted 20 Jun 2007 at 18:22 UTC by steve Share This

Jamais Cascio of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies posted a new article on the future of Cyborgs in our society. He comments on several trends such as baby boomers pushing the demand for higher fidelity hearing aids and faster product development cycles. Any article on Cyborgs has to mention the huge number of amputees being generated by Bush's war in Iraq. The sheer number of amputees is driving demand for prosthetics and resulting in rapid progress. People using these new prosthetic legs expend 20% less energy walking or running than people with natural legs. One South African is running fast enough with his unpowered prosthetics to qualify for the Olympics, which has the Olympic committee worried that natural humans may not be able to compete against cyborgs in the near future. He also notes that prosthetics legs are even becoming quite fashionable on the dance floors.

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