This stuff is amazing. I want to change my major and hope that I somehow end up getting a spot researching here after grad school, but I can't afford to go to college. Oh, well.
Still, has anybody else looked into their work? It's really interesting stuff.
If I win the lottery, being too dumb to provide my mind as a resource, I'd definitely put half the winnings down on helping them move prosthesis and into deeper synthetics development. Best radical life extension plan we have yet for those of us already born.
That get was going to be the savior of /sci/
We were finally going to be rid of the IQ threads.
Instead it was wasted on this shit
>True patrician sci field gets the almighty number
It's a sign.
Prosthetics capable of surpassing human limbs confirmed within 7 years
Are there any biomedical engineers currently employed that are browsing? As in, postgrad.
I'm going to see; I know there are programs around, I'm just not confident in my ability to learn all the stuff that goes into such complex work.
I heard there's a company doing hands; MIT Group is focused on legs atm. Does anyone have their name?
Stuff like this.
However, their current research only serves to replace non-vital missing parts; the prostheses cannot contribute to major life systems (i.e metabolism, blood flow, immune system) or replace them. That's a long way off, yeah, but it'd be neat.
Studying to become a Prosthetist/Orthotist here. This stuff is great and all, but I don't see a lot of it getting used. With how shit health insurance is nowadays the general population is lucky to get a replacement leg.
I'm not sure, I know right now that nearly every clinician I talk to bitches about how hard it is to get reimbursed for the even simplest of modifications. It all has to do with prosthetics' grouping with wheelchairs and some big wheelchair fraud that was happening. They're cracking down on all related fields and O&P is getting hurt hard.
The big ordeal with amputees right now-- at least lower limb-- is actually being able to bear their socket for a long amount of time. Until these old tech sockets are ruled out, OP's images wont really make much of a dent.
On the other hand, Eksobionics is doing some pretty cool stuff with orthotics, which might be a little more doable.
Somewhat off topic, but related. Met this guy a few months ago, there's been a huge rise in fashionable prosthetic covers lately, it's been giving me a huge boner.
I wasted 2.5 years in bioeng before switching to physics but from what I gathered, you're better off going into MechE or EE (depending on your interests), and maybe take some bio classes to "demonstrate interest." Or better yet, get involved with research in the BME department, your CV will look really nice with that sort of experience.
checking my own dubs
Actually I wanted to add that, your university's BME program might not be as much of a shitfest as mine was. Hell, they even began revamping the major right after I switched out of it, so it's going in the right direction now I suppose. Anyway, point is take my advice with a grain of salt, and always do the research on the program as much as you can.
If research is out there for how to develop bones and tendons in vitro, why not try a more biological approach in making organic prosthesis?
You could in a theoretical sense, build a appendage in a vat. Assemble the components of tissue, and implant it within the host.
Seems the concern is, how to innervate the appendage to the host and provide therapy afterwards, restoring movement.
There is always something you can do. There is high demand for electrical/mechanical engineering and programming skills even with the "we can't compete with billions of cram schooled chinese and indian engineers" meme, businesses are always complaining about being unable to find someone with a specific skill. You might not be a genius but if you a diligent and persist with it you can get to a basic level, so you understand what is going on, you can be a part of it.
Fucking 4chan. I came here to talk about this shit, not some /b/-grade tarded GET
More like15 probably.
>Tfw I'll be finishing grad school with a focus for this kind of stuff in 6-7 years
>Plan on starting up my own company
>Know I'll have a real chance to be one of the people at the forefront of my chosen field because it's just starting in the next seven to twenty years
It's a scary, good feel
He's completely right though
Out of all the popular radical life extension technologies (singularities, artificial limbs grown through stem cells, magic) this is the most likely to actually bear credible returns in our lifetime. It's not a stretch to imagine fully artificial organs and integrated supportive exoskeletons, which would significantly improve living conditions for elderly and reasonably increase their lifespan by significant amounts
>> integrated supportive exoskeleton
Wouldn't that be an endoskeleton?
It is about as much of a stretch to grow organs as it is to make artificial organs and limbs.
For limbs we have yet to develop a stable method to send and receive signals from them. We don't even understand what signals we should send for texture, thermal, and nociception. We don't know how to make artificial skin with the require sensing capability and durability.
We don't have a good way to attach prosthetic limbs to people. Current prosthetic limbs are less capable than their biological counterparts. They don't last as long and they aren't as strong.
>If I won the lottery.
From the look of the digits, you did.
>Not letting the thread go down with 777 replies.
Also OP post isn't even a shitpost, or at least not a blatant one like some of the topics/posts made in effort for GET that have been deleted.
Actual cyborg here. 2 implants currently, deciding on third. Open to questions.
Yes. The electronic part pops off. What's actually embedded in my skull is the transcutaneous titanium post that it attaches to.
My other current implant is a subdermal nfc chip which, as it's under the skin, doesn't have any trouble with water.
>Open to questions.
Does part of it unclip to make it a lower profile so your pillow doesn't tear it off in the middle of the night?
What does it feel like having something attached to your bone? Like a root canal tooth or finger nail perhaps?
>Does part of it unclip to make it a lower profile so your pillow doesn't tear it off in the middle of the night?
Yeah the part with the actual electronics and battery in it. The post just above yours explains more
>What does it feel like having something attached to your bone? Like a root canal tooth or finger nail perhaps?
I don't notice it most of the time but if I focus I can feel it, like a slight pinching in that spot. If I raise my eyebrows all the way I can feel the skin pulling on that spot.
I've gotten to where I can sleep on that side, I couldn't for most of a year. It constantly forms a slight crust like what seals your eyes shut when you're sleeping and you rub out of them when you awake, from the skin trying and failing to heal over it. This is much worse right after the surgery when you're waiting for the skin to close tightly around the abutment.
It offers such huge utility to me that I just kinda deal with it. It doesn't hurt, and feels more familiar and normal with time.
>It constantly forms a slight crust like what seals your eyes shut when you're sleeping and you rub out of them when you awake, from the skin trying and failing to heal over it. This is much worse right after the surgery when you're waiting for the skin to close tightly around the abutment.
So, it is a bit like a normal piercing.
Pretty neat though.
All of those are true
But we're talking about a timeline of 60-70 years. It's ridiculous to think that none of these problems will be solved in that time period, do you think research for this or technology in general is just going to stagnate suddenly?
We don't understand any of those problems right now, but millions are being poured into most of them - it's not going to be surprising if half or all of them are solved in the next twenty years.
>> some are even stronger
Which ones? Extra moved goal post points if they have a strength to weight ratio better than human limbs
I would not be surprised if it took 50 years to solve some of these problems. Anything biology is hard, your limbs may be mechanical but they still have to interface with biology. Prosthetic limbs and other medical devices are tested for years. We cannot test them faster than this
>> millions are being poured into them
Millions is not that much money in this day and age.
>Just like you can't tell I'm wearing two right now.
This is truly the 21st Century.
biomedical engineering is probably the most widely available degree program, but it's usually taught as a masters degree rather than a BS. So majoring in ME, EE, bio/computer sciences or physics will probably lead you in the right direction.
>one of highest employment opportunities and growing
>research is available
>fairly high paying job
The only downside to biomedical engineering is that you need to specialize, and that requires an MS or PhD, it's a very reasonable field for somebody to focus their life on.
How is it meme?
You better be pumping out co-ops and internships if you don't plan on getting a masters degree. It's a fairly broad field so you might want to pick a specialization (industrial, auto, aerospace, etc) when you become a junior or senior and do internships at those types of places.
What a fucking shitty article. Every paragraph spells out fear and doom for the human race at the hands of robots. Is the blogger Amish?
Someone in my town won last night, but not me.
I only play when the jackpot exceeds 500 million, so it'll be a while before I play again.
Definitely if the jackpot hits $777,777,777.
Which is more likely now that they've lowered the odds to win.
From the lack of discussion, /sci/ didn't want this thread lol.
Biomech sticky would be neat if we regularly put into in it.
>I only play when the jackpot exceeds 500 million
I used to do this except my number was $584M because the odds of winning are 292201338:1 and a ticket costs $2. However, that was just lazy math I was using to justify doing something stupid (playing powerball). The real number is much much higher.
First, powerball keeps 38% of the jackpot. So that brings the number up to $712686190.
Second, federal taxes are going to take 39.6%, which brings the number up to $1179944023.
Third, you have to factor in the probability of splitting the jackpot. That is impossible to calculate exactly because it depends on how many people play. The number of people who play increases as the jackpot increases.
So, bottom line is that you shouldn't even consider playing until about $1.17B, and even then, it's still a bad bet.
When do you think we'll have implants in the body to improve human function? Like something to regulate body temps so you're able to withstand extreme cold, like the dude who runs marathons in the arctic circle in bike shorts
Yea, I felt bad at first because you could hear the micro and mol genetics big wigs poking fun at him during his talk. But when I heard him say his wife stopped prescribing her patients antibiotics (she's an MD) because of his research 'dogma' I stood up and walked out of the seminar. The physics and comp sci guys were loving it though.
It doesn't make any of his work less spectacular at all!
I just don't see how advocating to cease medication because a product that currently doesn't exist will later become available is a good idea.