“Bionic Skin for Cyborg You”

Topic: Electronic Skin for Humans

TESA: Technology/Entrepreneurship/Society/Arts

Finding: The continuing work to develop an electronic skin could be used to monitor medical conditions or to provide more sensitive and lifelike prosthetics.

Implications: Future Earth is occupied by three kinds of “human-like” beings: cyborgs, clones, and robots. Imagine everything you touch, the moment you touch it, as a way of reading how your body is doing. Your steering wheel, for example, will automatically measure your blood pressure and heart rate and send that information to your healthcare providers alerting them and you to any signals of trouble. That has lots of positives. But what are the implications to “privacy”. Will the meaning of “privacy” and “personal” will have entirely different, or at least antiquated, meanings in a future in which not only your email is being read, but you yourself?

Memorable quotes:
First Quote

“Your skin is essentially an interface between your brain and the external world. It senses a tap on the shoulder or the heat from a fire, and your brain takes in that information and decides how to react. If we want bionic skins to do the same, they must incorporate sensors that can match the sensitivity of biological skins.”

Second Quote

“Human skin is so thin, yet it serves as a boundary between us and the external world. My dream is to make responsive electronic coverings that bridge that divide. Instead of cold metal robots and hard plastic prosthetics, I imagine machines and people clothed in sensitive e-skin, allowing for a two-way exchange of information. Making our mechanical creations seem almost warm and alive and placing imperceptible electronics on humans will change how people relate to technology. The harmonization of people and machines: This is the cyborg future that e-skins could bring.”

Source: Bionic Skin for a Cyborg You

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