Transhuman Organs, Limbs and Other Body Parts
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Forget Iron Man armor and exoskeletons. They're so last year. This season, augmenting human strength has moved to stretchable, flexible suits.
We know that 3D printers can achieve many things, and prosthetic limbs is one of them.
Body modifications have been the norm for some years already, and some of them might still take some getting used to such as tongue splitting, but here is a concept that will definitely throw you off balance – I’m referring to having stiletto heel implants. Goodness knows how you’re ever going to complete a decent round of jogging once you have these implants inside of you! I would suppose if there is a high enough demand to see this implant actually become reality, it would exist – but thankfully, nothing of the sort has happened yet.
There are some things in life, just like Humpty Dumpty, that once broken, can no longer be put back together again. The same can be said for one’s ear drums and vocal cords.
It sounds like a sci-fi movie – doctors growing body parts to cure our ills.
This article was taken from the February 2012 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online .
Do you think that humans have gotten too smart for their own good?
The human body can be considered to be a miracle by itself – just take any cell, and break it down to the minutest detail, and you would see the wonder of it all. Well, if you want to call the body a computer, then we might as well go along this line of thought just for this story. After all, our bodies do have their own chemical “highways” that send and receive information and instructions, and when you make parallel comparisons with an electrical circuit, you would realize that the two do have plenty of similarities.
When I watched the movie “Repo Men”, it certainly made me wonder just how far doctors of tomorrow have “advanced” from today, and the Hippocratic Oath does not seem to matter any more.