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Top Ten Cybernetic Upgrades Everyone Will Want

Posted on: March 17, 2007

Science fiction, computer games, anime… cyborgs are everywhere. Transhumanists are philosophers who believe that one day, cybernetic upgrades will be so powerful, elegant, and inexpensive that everyone will want them. Michael Anissimov lists ten fascinating major upgrades that he thinks will be adopted by 2050 in his blog.

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3 Responses to "Top Ten Cybernetic Upgrades Everyone Will Want"

Interesting. Would you get any of these?

Nice pic! And nice article, too.

#10 comes as gradual medical improvements that enhance natural immune system, not this. #9, eh, maybe. #8 is possible but we’d need nontrivial new technologies not currently on the horizon. #7, artificial muscles are far crappier than this but genetic engineering can indeed make people stronger. #6, no shit. #5, BS. If we had utility fog, which we won’t, this would be like using a shovel as something to lean on while digging with your hands. #4, see #5; a full explanation for why this type of nanotech won’t work would be a bit long. Suffice it to say for now that every criticism of Smalley’s fat fingers/sticky fingers critique has been flawed (a common one is saying that something is doable because biological systems can do it and then claiming capabilities that biological systems are incapable of) and that there are other problems. Say you want something as simple as a ruler. How do the things know where to make a mark? To this rapture for geeks I reiterate the dictum to let the soul starve for the sake of truth. #3, there are just far better ways to do this. #2, I don’t think the author is smart enough to comment effectively on this. #1, this is something that comes very slowly in millions of very hard pieces – it’s not a monolithic problem.

I do like me GitS, but just the series and the sociological part more than the technological part.

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