ABOUT: PROSTHETICS, NEUROTECH, ENHANCEMENT TECHNOLOGIES

This section includes technologies like (neuro)prosthetics, cybernetic implants, neuro/brain simulations and technologies to enhance human capabilities.



In medicine, a prosthesis (plural: prostheses; from Ancient Greek prósthesis, "addition, application, attachment") is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part. 

 

In addition to new materials, the use of electronics has become very common in artificial limbs. Myoelectric limbs, which control the limbs by converting muscle movements to electrical signals, have become much more common than cable operated limbs. Myoelectric signals are picked up by electrodes, the signal gets integrated and once it exceeds a certain threshold, the prosthetic limb control signal is triggered which is why inherently, all myoelectric controls lag. 

Neural prostheses are a series of devices that can substitute a motor, sensory or cognitive modality that might have been damaged as a result of an injury or a disease.Cochlear implants provide an example of such devices. Brain implants, often referred to as neural implants, are technological devices that connect directly to a biological subject's brain – usually placed on the surface of the brain, or attached to the brain's cortex.  

  

Human enhancement is "any attempt to temporarily or permanently overcome the current limitations of the human bodythrough natural or artificial means. It is the use of technological means to select or alter human characteristics and capacities, whether or not the alteration results in characteristics and capacities that lie beyond the existing human range."0

 

(Source: Wikipedia)