|A turning point in human history.|
Well... it just might be. Seriously.
While giving the capability to those that are disabled (paralysis especially) to physically manipulate their world using their brains (as any human would) to move their new 'bodies' is an incredible discovery and finding of science (and a tribute to human ingenuity), the mind reels at the prospects of what this could mean in the future. What could these technologies do for humans with typical physical and mental states? Add to that the fact that we are closing in on fusing nerves with the robotic limbs, so you could feel the mechanical parts interacting with the world.
|We are a paranoid bunch of primates|
- Brain to mechanical interfaces
- Fusing nerves to said interfaces
- Neuroplasticity works how we understand?
It very well could mean that within a generation of said perfection, the human race (or at least significant segments of the race) will look and operate so differently from us, that to call them just 'human' may be a misnomer. The questions become (in a very real way), what is it to be human - and how will we, as a race and global society, cope with the idea of augmenting and changing the biology of the human body with technology?
Seeing how a man with carbon fiber legs that are not truly robotic stirred up a decent amount of controversy and our propensity to assume the worst outcome possible, I doubt it will be pretty, graceful or perfect. People will likely kill and maim to stop this - but in my opinion it is our destiny as a species to either take this path and continue down the evolutionary trail or to simply be completely forgotten by the cosmos for our own fear of progress and our devotion to dead ideas, gods and old men.