Bionic Technology and Human Cyborgs

Bionic implants are defined as manmade implants that might be electric or mechanical or both to mimic the functioning of an equivalent human organ. A wave of such implants has been hitting the market for a couple of years in forms of electric limbs, artificial eyeballs, prosthetic organs and many other supporting machines; thus bringing us closer to the bionic age than ever before.

Powered by microprocessors and an array of electrodes to gather input either from the stump limb or directly from the central nervous system, there is a central chip in these prosthetic limbs to coordinate the motors inside the mechanical digits of the finger.

This line up of motors is arranged in a way that makes the flow of fingers more fluid and natural. Artificial organs work in a similar way by either releasing a pre synthesized drug or creating one on impulse of certain receptors in the implant which are triggered by hormones and certain stimulus. Artificial eyes converge and process light imitating the real one by sending a prepared inverted image to the optic nerve in form of electric stimulus. They are even designed to see more light colors and support better resolution than their natural counterparts! Most of these technologies are commanded either by the user or through a remote-controlled panel operated by someone else.

While most of these implants are not AI, a new generation of prosthetics will arrive soon which can record data and decide for itself. They will also be loaded with an intense relay of real-time feedback mechanism.

These implants are now not just used by disabled patients but also by enthusiasts who love body modification. “It’s like upgrading your body, it’s just too cool to avoid”, explains a user. With these enthusiasts and constantly upgrading technologies, it will not be wrong to expect cyborgs in our lifetime!

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