Biotech- Marco Anzures

The integration of man and machine is probably one of the most fantastical and interesting topics of modern science. Image the endless possibilities of having a human beings capacity to think creatively and a machine/or robots power, precision and speed. The first application that comes to mind of man/machine integration is using robotic prosthetic limbs to replace human limbs. Promising research has pointed to the possibility that one day a child born without a leg or arm could be outfitted with a robotic one that will act and respond in the very same way a real arm would. It is mindboggling to see that the biologic and robotic interface is being challenged and broken with research today. A recent project entailed allowing robots to be controlled by cells in a petri dish. The cells acted to certain stimuli encountered by the robots and remarkable adapted to these stimuli even though they themselves weren’t subjected directly to the stimuli. This research is just one step in making the final brain/machine interface a reality. It begs the question are human’s internal wiring that much different than a machine’s? Another project that I found was one on the successful development of a computer chip the size of and aspirin tablet that when implanted into a certain part of the brain would allow someone who couldn’t talk for example a direct line of communication to a computer. Essentially that person’s thoughts would be transmitted to a computer and translated into written word. Here is the link to the article this came from if you’re interested: http://www.gizmag.com/go/3503/. I just find this field fascinating in all of the applications it has and the many questions it can ask and answer as research continues to develop. Although we know so much about our bodies, there is still a myriad of information that is locked away about how our brains function. We take for granted the complexities of the brain because our unconscious use of it is second nature. It is through abnormalities in the brains functions that inhibit or amplify certain cerebral traits that allow us a view into what really makes our minds tick.

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