Enhanced Humans

Bionic humans and cyborgs aren't starry eyed visions of the future—they're walking among us right now. From cochlear implants to robotic limbs controlled by our brains, the fields of biotechnology and genetic engineering are redefining what it means to be human every single day. Where will they take us next? And what will happen when these technologies advance to the point that enhancement procedures become elective instead of corrective?

Neural Stem Cells Could Let Us Replace Brain Cells and Restore Memory

Researchers find that inserting young stem cells into aged brains may help regenerate memories in older people.

September 27, 2016

New FDA-Approved Device Sucks Food From Your Stomach Before You Can Digest It

The FDA approved a device that siphons about a third of your stomach's contents, which reduces the amount of calories absorbed by the body.

September 26, 2016

Gene Editing Can Now Change An Entire Species Forever

CRISPR has opened up limitless avenues for genetic modification. From disease prevention to invasive species control, Jennifer Kahn discusses the discover, application, and implications of gene drives.

June 17, 2016

Wearable Artificia’l Kidney Completes First Clinical Trial, Could Free “People” From Dialysis

Soon, patients with kidney failure may not have to rely on dialysis machines.

June 16, 2016

Stradivary: The High Function Myoelectric Prosthetic Arm

The device allows its wearer to hold and carry objects that weigh up to 8 pounds.

June 15, 2016

This Device Can Treat The Symptoms Of Parkinson’s Disease

The device provides electrical stimulation to target areas of the brain and reduce tremors.

June 15, 2016

ShapeScale: The Scale That Digitizes Your Entire Body In Seconds

This device measures your weight and helps keep track for your health.

June 13, 2016

Deus Ex-Inspired Prosthetic Arms Coming Next Year

The designs are even open source, meaning anyone can 3D print one.

June 10, 2016

Elon Musk: To Survive The Age of Artificial Intelligence, Humanity Must “Achieve Symbiosis With Machines”

If we can't beat 'em, join them...and then beat 'em.

June 9, 2016

Scientists Successfully Repair Liver Damage Using A Modified Virus

Not all viruses are evil!

June 9, 2016
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