Hugh Herr heads MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics research group. He gave an inspiring speech at TED in March about his work developing advanced prosthetics and exoskeletons. Watch the whole speech below and learn about the future of bionic humans and cyborgs.
My gods. These are amazing. For those who have lost limbs or been born without, these are an AMAZING advancement.
… I do however have a qualm with their website saying “towards an end to disability”, because - while these are amazing, they don’t address disabilities other than loss of limb or use of limb. Even something like EDS wouldn’t really benefit from this… To say nothing of something like my narcolepsy.
What strixus said.
Other than that, I am a happy thing, right here and now.
Their words were combined with social activity trawled from the #ontheflymilan hashtag, including Instagram pictures and Tweets, which were put together by the algorithmic publishing machine into a PDF, printed and bound, and handed out for free to visitors at Palazzo Clerici.
The problem with being a cutting edge villain is you end up in a line up that’s just you and Stelarc and a dead mouse.
Authenticity be damned—Normcore is about post-authenticity and adaptability, a radical flexibility. It isn’t about creating exclusive pockets of belonging. It’s recognizing that “normal” doesn’t exist. It’s a deliberate moving away from cool that emphatically reiterates the necessity of difference and “opts into sameness” in a post-authentic way. “Instead of appropriating an aestheticized version of the mainstream, it just cops to the situation at hand.” K-HOLE defines it as:
· UNCONCERED WITH AUTHENTICITY
· EMPATHY OVER TOLERANCE
Glazek suggests the true icon of Normcore is James Franco.”
In a paper published in Science, Rogers reports that his e-tattoo is just as good as an EKG machine at monitoring a heartbeat. Because he’s not using proprietary technology, the tattoos can easily be outfitted with wireless internet access, bluetooth, accelerometers, and near field power coupling for wireless charging. By thinking simpler, he’s done something that he and others have been trying to accomplish with nanotechnology with components that already exist.
“It’s a generic set of ideas applicable across a whole range of sensor types that are already well developed, sensitive, and accurate,” he said. “These aren’t a curiosity; you can build real things that offer clinical usefulness that are far beyond what you can do with a Fitbit.”