Will humans become cyborgs?

Discussion in 'Internet and Technology' started by CarpCharacin, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. Danielx64

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  2. CarpCharacin

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    Well I have never played it.

    I hope humans never become cyborgs :hopeless:
     
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  3. davemacc

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    It really depends on your definition of cybernetics. It is an artificial device which restores function. Some of them also send and receive signals from the body which would make them cybernetic. I will grant you though, most valves are probably 'dumb' valves.

    Can I ask, what worries you about these developments?
     
  4. CarpCharacin

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    There are tissue heart valves. They are either from pigs, or they are made from cow pericardium. The pericardium is the sac that surrounds the heart. What worries me is Ray Kurzweil's predictions coming true, or humans being more machine that human.
     
  5. ozzy47

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    You won't see that in your lifetime.
     
  6. CarpCharacin

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    Let's hope. They simulated the "brain" of a worm in a computer.
     
  7. ozzy47

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    You can simulate just about anything in a computer, don't mean it is practical to use though. ;)
     
  8. CarpCharacin

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    Ray Kurzweil says that matter can be converted into what he calls "computronium". He predicts that all the matter in the universe will be converted into computers. I just hope that does not happen.
     
  9. ozzy47

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    Again, it is a theory, and even if it was to come to fruition, you will never know as it is not going to happen any time soon.
     
  10. CarpCharacin

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    Even if people don't upload their brains like Kurzweil predicted, that dosen't mean that people won't merge with machines.
     
  11. LeadCrow

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    Protheses with digital triggers like remotes and voice control will eventually go mainstream, but it will always remain limited to those with lost limbs (like soldiers, war victims, amputees), and those with physical disabilities (as a way to strengthen working limbs. Exoskeletons are the natural evolution here)
     
  12. CarpCharacin

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    Prosthesis that are controlled by the body's nerves will go into mainstream. They already exist. I just hope that people don't go chopping off their arms and legs to be stronger or run faster etc.
     
  13. ozzy47

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    I doubt that is going to happen.
     
  14. LeadCrow

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    That's too scifi and impractical. The level of incapacitation that would make them viable would require human assistance in the first place, making it a pointless evolution outside limited uses for the tetraplegic.

    Right now, replacement limbs only need basic functionalty like moving in desired directions (walking, helping retain balance during movement), and for hands the ability to do basic gestures like carrying and holding objects. The stimulus necessary to perform these will always need to be persistently reliable, and willpower just isn't.
     
  15. ozzy47

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    Exactly, if people were going to do that, they would have done it in the 70's to try and be like the Six Million Dollar Man. :)
     
  16. Zero Numbers

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    It sounds like we're headed for the end times prophecy. When humans will be forced or pushed to receive the mark of the beast.
     
  17. Wes of StarArmy

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    I've got to meet some cyborgs at conventions and it's very exciting. For example one women I met has a brain implant that has an electric cable that runs under her skin to a battery pack. She's fine now, but without the implant she'd still be suffering from a severe mental illness (IIRC it was severe depression).

    Imagine how many people are going to have a quality of life improvement if we could develop a cybernetic dialysis organ that would save people from having to visit clinics every week.
     
  18. CarpCharacin

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    What kind of implant?
    I don't think that is going to happen. Instead, I think that organs will be grown from the cells of the person who needs them. That way there would be no need for immunosuppressant drugs.
     
  19. Wes of StarArmy

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    It was essentially a small electrode that supplies tiny electrical impulses. Kind of like a pacemaker but for your brain instead of your heart.
     
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