Paralyzed Man Moves Hand With Aid From An Implanted Chip

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Ian Burkhart, paralyzed in a swimming accident, became the first person to move his own body with help from a microchip implanted in the brain. Dubbed “Neurobridge,” the technology allows the chip to read rudimentary thoughts in the patient’s brain and then trigger electrodes to stimulate muscles in the hand, causing directed motion. From The [Read More...]

Transhumanism’s “Futurama” Future

This is TOTALLY going to happen.

Every child who grew up in the 1970s knew for a fact that Walt Disney’s head had been “frozen” to await a future in which science has progressed enough to heal his cancer-ravaged body and restore him to life in order to provide joy for future generation. None of that was any more true than [Read More...]

Exhibit A for Explaining the LCWR Report

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The keynote speaker for the annual conference of the LCWR is New Age quack Barbara Marx Hubbard. If you’ve never heard of her, just try to imagine a combination of Deepak Chopra and Ray Kurzweil with an extra helping of crazy. Her big thing is Conscious Evolution, which is the latest repackaging of “est” with an added [Read More...]

Revisiting Bioshock

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As details about Bioshock Infinite continue to emerge, it seems clear that the game is shaping up to be every bit as challenging and potentially controversial as the original Bioshock. How serious is writer Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games about creating worthy sequel to one of the best, most intelligent, games ever made? Well, here’s [Read More...]

Google Wants to Augment Your Reality

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I’ve known this was coming for some time, but it’s actually more alarming than I expected it to be. Google’s Project Glass is an augmented reality system based on the idea of wearable computers: in this case, a pair of glasses that compresses all the functionality of a smartphone (phone, messaging, camera, GPS, social networking, [Read More...]

New Imaging Reveals Unexpected Order in the Brain

This detail from a DSI scan shows a fabric-like 3-D grid structure of connections in monkey brain. Credit: Van Wedeen, M.D., Martinos Center and Dept. of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University Medical School

National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D. calls the image above “a high resolution wiring diagram of our brains.” Well, sort of, but I won’t fault the guy for reaching for a bit of overstatement in order to produce a pithy soundbite, and what the team has accomplished is pretty dang amazing. [Read More...]

Prosthetics Through Time

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This beautiful series of photographs from the BBC shows how people have created artificial limbs as far back as ancient Egypt. There’s a poignant beauty to many of these creations, particularly the steel and brass arm pictured above, which dates from some time between 1840 and 1940. From the past, we turn to two visions of [Read More...]

CyberKnife and the Wonders of Modern Medicine

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A number of my posts to date have been an attempt to put a pin in the party balloon of techno-Utopianism, which might lead some readers to think I’m some kind of Luddite squatting in a corner making the sign of the cross to ward off iPhones and refusing to get my children proper medical care because antibiotics are [Read More...]


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