DARPA’s Battlefield Robot Medic to Deploy in 2009

  This year is the 50th anniversary of DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon research arm who turns science fiction fantasy into military reality.  DARPA conducts high-risk military research and in the process develops amazing medical technology.  To kick things off right at their 3-day DARPA tech conference (or official site here) they announced the upcoming […]

Docinthemachine Guest Blogging at Medgadget!

I am very excited to begin guest blogging over at Medgadget!  I am sure many of you are familiar with the site.  Medgadget is a hugely popular site that reviews new medical devices.  My first post is Bionic Implants Available Today: Docinthemachine Guest Post and reviews the state of the art of current human bionics; technology […]

Bionic Friday Posts

For your enjoyment today – a collection of forward thinking docinthemachine posts about robotics and bionic humans.  Take a minute today to push your mind a decade into the future.  Ponder with me roboic amoeba rovers inthe body, bionic retinal implants, and humanoid androids.  Finish the day with a post on the singularity and mind […]

Robotic Amoeba Created: Teens Fear Bionic Blob

Dennis Hong, of Virginia Tech College of Engineering is designing a Whole Skin Locomotion (WSL) mechanism for robots to work on much the same principle as the pseudopod — or cytoplasmic “foot” — of the amoeba. With its elongated cylindrical shape and expanding and contracting actuating rings, the WSL can turn itself inside out in […]

Better Retinal Implants for Blindness Cure Coming

I previously wrote about retinal implants that might cure blindness.  This idea is yet another in the line of machine-human implants that will first replace natural abilities – aqnd ultimately augment human abilities.  Look here for a video fest and link fest of bionic human implants in development. Researchers now claim to have developed another […]

If You Transfer Your Mind to Robot Which One of You is “You”?

Kurzweil and others have been forecasting the coming of the technological singularity for some time. The term, coined by Vernor Vinge, describes the creation of “humans 2.0″ when man and machine become connected in the creation of a new type of being.  For more background information on this concept and predictions for it s coming […]

The Most Life-Like Android Ever Made: Video

Meet Jules, the most life-like robot you have ever seen. The robot is programmed with the most sophisticated artificial intelligence features.  It can recognize babies vs. adults, its creator and people he has ‘met’.  video of “intelligent” android

Docinthemachine Guest Blogging on Lifeboat Foundation Blog

 I am honored and excited to have been invited to guest blog on the Lifeboat Foundation Blog.  My first post is on the new DARPA 2007 focus plan and its relation to medical technology.  For those unfamiliar with them, their mission statements sums it up: The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging […]

Is Technology Good, Evil, or Neutral?

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Technology is neither good nor evil, it’s the use that crosses the moral boundaries. As technology is leaping forward an unprecedented pace, this old question is more pressing now than ever. (If you’re short on time skip to the last paragraph for my conclusions) Is the TechDoc  Evil?   A review of this debate can be […]

Grand Rounds Vol. 3.25 is Up!

Grand Rounds 3.25 is up over at Scienceroll.  A gret blog I have mentioned before it is run by Bertalan Meskó, a Hungarian Medical Student wit a passion for genetics.  Definitely worth checking out there are about 60 posts but excellently organized in categories to make the reading clear and quick.  A nice variety. I am […]