A television show from 1974, the Six Million Dollar Man is famous through one of its quotes: “We can rebuild him. We have the technology.” What they were referring to was creating the world’s first bionic man. Bionic meaning, according to Merriam-Webster, having artificial body parts to aide in in human power. Though that television show was made in the 1970s, the futureofed.org members are forecasting that this will be a very real thing in the near twenty, or, by their website’s wordings, by 2020.
They are calling this change “Altered Bodies.” Which makes sense, considering the bodies will be altered to perform at higher levels than the capacity they are able to now. It may be used to save lives or perhaps even refine life for currently healthy peoples.
In 2010, scientists proposed that any human body part can be repaired and restored with artificial body parts. Scientists restored a man’s eye sight using artificial light sensors and microchips. They are going even as far as to implant bionic brains into people, as depicted by the article’s section entitled, “Brain.” Ultimately, this means that they are and will be able to recreate life for those less fortunate. To read more on bionic implants, view this link by telegraph.co.uk.
Want an education in Bionic Technology? Ossur Academy provides education in prosthetic and orthopaedic knowledge. For a professional degree in the matter, you may want to pursue a Bionics in Engineering degree. Stevens Institute of Technology offers a Biomedical Engineering program that trains you to design and analyze techniques to build prosthetic body parts and medical aid tools. They are able to go from the track to the biotechnological industry, enter medical school, or continue in professional school. The track offers to be a promising degree field as technology expands and the human need for technology follows behind.
Want to learn more about it? The 2013 BMES (the Biomedical Engineering Society) Annual Meeting is coming around the corner! On September 25-28, in Seattle, Washington. Although no information on the meeting is given on the Biomedical Engineering Society’s website, information on their past meetings is available. In the 2012 BMES Annual Meeting, several lectures were given on subjects such as cancer technology and cardiovascular and respiratory engineering, as well as the presenting of awards to the esteemed of the Biomedical Engineering community.
The Biomedical Engineering Society is a 501C3 (nonprofit) organization whose vision is to advance society and quality of life through the use of technology. Their mission is to build and support the Biomedical Engineering community through sharing of discoveries, advances, and inventions in a professional environment. To read more about the Biomedical Engineering Society, click this link.
It is no wonder that technology is growing at such a rapid pace. Soon, the six million dollar bionic man may be mostly bionic instead of partially. Students who were once hindered by their disabilities with hearing and sight are now finding more accessibility as companies expand their accessibilities. Soon a small majority of them will be hindered by sight and hearing disabilities. Technology is growing. One can choose to either grow with it or fall behind.