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Monday, February 11, 2013

Rex, an indicator of how far science has arrived

Rex bionic man, specially made ​​for the Channel 4 documentary, the sum of the existing advanced artificial organs and prostheses. However, Rex has opened many moral questions.

It cost a million dollars and is made up of artificial limbs and organs taken from all over the world.

Bionic man Rex (short for robotic exoskeleton), about 180 centimeters high, the researchers made ​​a documentary for Britain's Channel 4, which should indicate where science and technology are reached.

However, this research has created a certain moral dilemma - the advancement of prosthetic and artificial organs could mean that scientists will soon be able not only to complement the physical defects, but also to improve them, writes Daily Mail.
Dr. Berthold Meyer, a social psychologist from Switzerland, who has his 35,000 euros worth of bionic limb because he was born without a left hand, believes that this is exciting and a little scary.
"We may have reached a point where science and technology are beginning to show the first signs of opportunities to go beyond the limits of evolution," says Meyer.
"The danger is that we will influence what is human in us. Creating a new species that can be turned against us' to bite us, "like the Frankenstein myth, when it will be released and becomes uncontrolled and destructive," adds George Anas, a professor of bioethics and human rights at Boston University.
Bionic man put together the UK's leading robotic Richard Walker and Matthew Godin.
Rex has, say, an artificial eye that consists of a microchip embedded in the retina, which receives the video from the camera placed in the patient's glasses. It then sends electrical signals that the brain translates into shapes and forms.
Professor Robert McLaren of the University of "Oxford", said: "We hope that the patients who are totally blind can see basic shapes and forms."

Scientists also believe that artificial organs - heart, kidneys, pancreas and spleen - can solve the lack of donors in the world.

For example, "SynCardia Systems' artificial heart has already saved lives - more than 1,000 were built. It runs on batteries and can temporarily replace diseased heart until a donor, the authors emphasize Wrexham.

There are also prosthetic foot and ankle, which was developed by Professor Hugh Her Institute of Technology "Massachusetts" - imitating the movements of muscles and Achilles tendon.

Her, who lost his legs due to freezing in mountain climbing accident, says he now climbs better than before.

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