9.3 – THE NEXT HUMANS (5.20.16)

NEURAL PROSTHETICS [4e]

New York City. May 4, 2015. At TechCrunch Disrupt New York, an annual new technologies conference, U.S. biotech startup BioBots launches a desktop 3D printer for bio-materials…which they use to print a replica of Van Gogh’s ear. Instead of plastic, special ink is combined with bio-materials – like collagen and cultured cells – to build living tissue and human organs.

“So, right now, we’re just at the beginning of understanding how to 3D-print organs. It’s a process called ‘bio-fabrication.’ So BioBots has created a bio-fabrication 3D printer that can print artificial tissue ad small organs. In the future, what we’re going to see are 3D printers that are bio-fabricating our bodies and our organs.”

 – Gray Scott (Futurist)

“You could eventually have printable noses, lungs, ears, kidneys…and, in certain ways, this technology is so extreme that it could make it democratic. It could make it inexpensive. So, in the hands of skilled, trained medical professionals, it could be possible in the future to 3D print organs for people out of their own genetic material.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

Transhumanists believe we may soon transcend our biological limitations, as we embed machines directly into our own bodies. DARPA, the agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military is currently designing neural implants that will improve cognitive speed and memory retention in soldiers. And in 2014, scientists at Seoul National University in South Korea unveiled research on synthetic ‘smart skin’ – lifelike ultra-thin crystalline silicon designed to cover prosthetic limbs, giving the user all of the sensations of a natural limb.

“They have now developed a skin which has touch senses embedded in it with a very fine matrix, which can be put around a prosthetic. So, you can actually feel what that arm is feeling or you can touch the floor, feel whether it’s hot or cold, or applying pressure.”

Kevin Warwick (Prof. of Cybernetics, Coventry Univ.)

“Future artificial limbs will look just like our skin, look just like our hands and our legs. It’s going to affect the entire world. We’re going to see people using smart prosthetics that are added to the body that can be controlled directly through the brain. And that really is the future of prosthetics.”

 – Gray Scott (Futurist)

“I can speak from experience, because I’ve had one myself – our implants that link either into the brain or into the human nervous system – and what I had was 100 small electrodes fired into my nervous system to link my nervous system with a computer. It was a bit like plugging a plug into an electric socket, but the socket was my nervous system. I went to Columbia University in New York, we plugged my nervous system into the Internet, and I controlled a robot hand from my brain signals. You can extend your nervous system by simply plugging into it.”

Kevin Warwick (Prof. of Cybernetics, Coventry Univ.)

“If we can use just the power of our thought to control artificial limbs we can eventually, one day, use the power of our thoughts to control avatar robots. I think we’re going to see that kind of technology used to control avatars on the Moon; we’re going to see that kind of technology to control robotic humanoid avatars on Mars.”

Gray Scott (Futurist)

Could we one day venture into the cosmos, not with our bodies, but by wirelessly controlling robotic avatars? And is it possible that extraterrestrials have utilized these same technologies to explore Earth in the distant past? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and point to technologies currently in development at MIT that strongly resemble those in ancient accounts of gods who descended from the sky.

“At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, they are developing a new smart skin for our soldiers that would make them resistant to ballistic attack or chemical attack and also would instantly self-repair. This is absolutely extraordinary, because in the ancient texts, we learn of the gods who wore a similar skin that seemed to make them impervious to any kind of human weaponry. They couldn’t die.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

“Now, when I hear stories of semi-divine beings, such as Hercules with his impenetrable lion skin, or in the Sanskrit Mahabharata, the story of Karna and his impenetrable armor, I have to ask the question whether or not these were all misunderstood technologies.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Could the self-repairing skin being developed at MIT be the same technology our ancestors wrote about when they described divine beings that were invincible? And are we on the verge of this incredible biological and evolutionary leap ourselves? Some believe that mankind’s next step is not augmenting our bodies with machines, but in becoming the machines ourselves.

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