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The Dawn of the Cyborgs


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Connecting machines to the human bodies and brains is an amazing science which has provided some unbelievable inventions. In the near future these technologies might have a significant effect on many of us. In this presentation I explore these new technologies and the effect that they might have on humanity.

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The Dawn of the Cyborgs

  1. 1. The Dawn of the Cyborgs “We Know What We Are, But We Don’t Know What We Can Become” (William Shakespeare)
  2. 2. Artificial Biology Genetics Engineering Biological Brain Biology Interaction Interaction
  3. 3. Biological Interaction
  4. 4. Bionic Arm (2005)
  5. 5. Bionic Arm (2008)
  6. 6. Bionic Arm (2010)
  7. 7. Bionic Eyes (2005)
  8. 8. Bionic Eyes (2008)
  9. 9. Interacting with the Brain
  10. 10. EEG Based Interface (Emotive)
  11. 11. Interacting with the Brain • Cyborg insects • Monkeys control robotic hands using neurons • Robots with rat brains • Recording mice memory to computer chips • Brain Implants to treat Parkinson disease • Reconstructing visual images from the brain 2002
  12. 12. The Blue Brain Project • Computer simulation of the brain • 10,000 parallel processors = 1 Millionth of the brain • Complete set of software tools • In 5 years – a complete mouse brain • In 20 years (?) – a complete human brain
  13. 13. Cyborgs • Cyborg = Cybernetic Organism • Coined in 1960 by Manfred Clynes and Nathan Kline • Combining man and machine • Where do we end and technology begins? Cyborg (Star Trek)
  14. 14. Where Is The Border? Ray Kurzweil Marshall Mcluhan
  15. 15. What Does The Future Hold? • Human Cyborgs • Real VR • Extended brain capabilities • Instant learning • Dream manipulation • Telepathy • Artificial Intelligence • Virtual Existence Cyborg (Star Trek)
  16. 16. Questions? “If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith” (Albert Einstein)