The age of the cyborg
How close are we to it? A cyborg is a cybernetic organism with both organic and mechanical parts. Anybody walking round with a replacement part inside them is technically a cyborg. These days we take replacement joints for granted. The fundamental point is that cyborg means increasing or enhancing normal capabilities and the interesting question is how far it will go.
The concept of cyborg crashed into mass media when movie director James Cameron made his Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster, Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg assassin sent on a mission back in time to terminate a human, Sarah Connor. Beyond The Terminator, different cyborg mash-ups have featured in sensational sci-fi movie offerings including The Matrix, Avatar, and Elysium, to mention a few amongst many.
All screwed up
Medical advances in replacement parts for the human body have progressed impressively in recent years, particularly in the design and functionality of prosthetic limbs for victims of accidents and war casualties. In future, the greatest threat to losing access to these gains could be the inefficacy of antibiotics to prevent and control infection, as bacteria become increasingly resistant. In any kind of procedure on the human body, the greatest risk is from infection, after the success or failure of the operation itself.
External solutions could therefore be useful for some conditions. Google is developing an “intelligent” contact lens that can monitor blood sugar levels for diabetics. It takes a reading every second. Currently diabetics must take a blood test to get this information. This kind of symbiosis between human and device could be another step towards the non-invasive merging of organic and machine.
Injury solicitors in Mannings Heath
Medical procedures are so delicate and complex, that even today, with all humankind’s amazing skill, things can still go wrong. All too frequently, cases of medical negligence occur for any number of reasons. If you are a victim of a surgical, dental or cosmetic procedure gone wrong, you might be seeking legal advice from injury solicitors in Mannings Heath. If so, why don’t you ask us for advice?
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We are a law firm with 13 years’ experience in injury claims. We have firms of solicitors all over the country including injury solicitors in Mannings Heath. For a chat without obligation and to find out if your claim qualifies, you can reach our friendly helpful advisors on 0800 689 0500 (from your land line) or if calling on a mobile, on 0333 500 0993. The lines are Freephone and they are open 24/7 so you can call at any time. If you would like us to call you back, text “CLAIM365” to 88010.
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Date Published: 19th January 2014
Author: David Brown