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Mind Controlled Prosthetic Legs and Exoskeletons by John Niman

Doctors fitted the first mind-controlled prosthetic leg onto Zac Vawter recently. I posed earlier this year about prosthetic limbs, and noted that mind controlled prosthetic hands are also available. 

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Transhumanists In Love: Technology vs. Biology by John Niman

Ordinarily when I write articles I have some point that I’m trying to make. Not this time – this article is all questions. The broad questions are these: How should people who have a sincere, deeply held belief about a radically different future behave in the present?

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Prosthetic Technology and Human Enhancement: Benefits, Concerns and Regulatory Schemes Pt3 by John Niman

For the purposes of this paper, I will only address one potential regulatory scheme, and only in conjunction with prosthetic enhancement available in the near future ( less than 10 years) that augments slightly, but not significantly, human biological capabilities. I will not address the convergence of technology and the regulatory scheme needed to address that.

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Prosthetic Technology and Human Enhancement: Benefits, Concerns and Regulatory Schemes Pt2 by John Niman

One benefit to society that neural augmentation brings is an increase in the availability of education. Websites like Wikipedia and databases of scholarly articles already give anyone with access to the Internet access to vast amounts of information on virtually any topic. Excellent schools like MIT, through their OpenCourseWare program, offer free online classes in many subjects. If the human brain is augmented as Kurzweil suggests, this educational benefit will become even more pronounced. People will be able to upload information directly...

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Prosthetic Technology and Human Enhancement: Benefits, Concerns and Regulatory Schemes Pt1 by John Niman

Prosthetic devices have helped restore functionality in humans who suffer from diseases requiring amputation or from limbs lost in battle for over three thousand years. I will begin this paper by explaining some of that historical journey. Next, I will highlight a few of the prosthetic devices available today to demonstrate that much, but not all, of that functionality can now be restored. Then I will explain what the future of prosthetic devices might look like if they faithfully adhere to Ray Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns....

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Towards Rights For All People by John Niman

University of Nevada J.D. Candidate, John T. Niman, explores the criteria of cognitive abilities within the complexities of personhood in not only human beings, but also animals and artificial intelligences.

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Cyborg Possibilities – The Arms and Legs (Part Three) by John Niman

This article doesn’t need any of the special categories or explanations – the two classifications are pretty self explanatory. Let’s jump right in.

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Cyborg Possibilities – The Torso and Skin (Part 2) by John Niman

Returning to our Deus Ex graphic, the next three categories are the torso, back, and skin. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll lump the torso and back together. The skin, however, deserves its own category.

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Cyborg Possibilities – The Head (Part One) by John Niman

It has been a while since I last talked about prosthetic devices. For reference, see here, here, and here. This is part one in a several part series, but I intend to put out the whole series over the next week. What are the hottest new things to come out in the last year or so? Let’s start from the top, make our way down, and pretend this is Deus Ex.

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Why Lance Armstrong’s Doping Doesn’t Matter by John Niman

Manny Ramirez. Mark McGwire. Barry Bonds. Baseball is no stranger to superstars using steroids. Sprinter Ben Johnson was disqualified from an Olympic victory decades ago. More likely than not, every sport has players who use ‘performance enhancing drugs’ – it’s just that the player’s performance is not generally enhanced to superstar status. Now Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping, and once again the world is shocked.