May 29, 2003
Bionic Man To Be Called Robo Sapiens?

Israeli scientist Amir Karniel discusses the human future as robo sapiens.

"In another 50 years, new creatures, a new species of humans will live among us. It is entirely possible that in the future they will make up the majority of humanity. They will be known as robo-sapiens." This declaration did not come from science fiction master Isaac Asimov, but rather from Dr. Amir Karniel, an expert in electrical engineering from the Technion, a researcher in the area of "motor control," which aims to discover how the brain controls the movement of the body, sends instructions and receives feedback from the nervous system.

One needn't replace an entire extremity with an electro-mechanical device to become, in effect, a robo sapiens. As Karniel points out, we've already started in that direction with such implanted devices as pacemakers. There are also lots of ways to enhance a human body with sensors what would leave all the extremities and muscles intact.

Picture youself having nanotech light sensors embedded into your retinas and even on the outer layers of your eyes that let you shift into infrared or perhaps to enhance your sight in low light conditions. Another useful enhancemenet would be a far more sophisticated replacement for hearing aids made by replacing the cilia in the ears with nanotubes and nanofibers that could hear much lower sound levels. The nanotube cilia could even be shifted into configurations which allow one to hear high frequency sounds that are outside of normal human hearing range.

Another appealing enhancement is Robert Freitas's proposal for respirocytes to replace red blood cells with a much greater capacity to store oxygen. These devices would have such a larger capacity to carry oxygen that they would reduce the risk of drowning or dying from smoke inhalation in a fire or dying from lack of oxygen in other ways. Of course they would enhance athletic performance as well.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2003 May 29 11:52 AM  Cyborg Tech


Comments
Bob said at May 30, 2003 4:37 PM:

Wouldn't "homo manus" or "homo artificiosus" make more sense for a bionic human? Robo sapiens makes more sense to me for an intelligent autonomous robot.

Amir Karniel said at July 16, 2003 5:50 AM:

I took this term from the book "Robo sapiens Evolution of a New Species" by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio MIT press 2000:

Robo sapiens: n (English, from robot, a mechanism guided by automatic controls; and Latin, from Homo sapiens, mankind)
1. A hybrid species of human and robot with intelligence vastly superior to that of purely biological mankind; began to emerge in the twenty-first century.
2. The dominant species in the solar system of Earth. [Microsoft Universal Dictionary, 2099]

Rajeshbabu said at June 8, 2004 10:41 PM:

Hello!!!!!! sir!!!!!
I am really amazed on reading the news.
I am intrested in Robotics.
Now i am studying Final B.E. Mechatronics Engineering,Anna university,Tamilnadu,INDIA.
I am expecting a help from you.
I am doing a project on Robot with human image processing capabilities.
I need some materials on Image processing and the recent trends in this type of robots.
Thanking you.....

Rajeshbabu.

pradeep said at August 25, 2004 12:19 AM:

Hello!!!!!! sir!!!!!
I am really amazed on reading the news.
I am intrested in Robotics.
Now i am studying Final B.E. Mechatronics Engineering,Anna university,Tamilnadu,INDIA.
I am expecting a help from you.
I am doing a project on Robot with human image processing capabilities.
I need some materials on Image processing and the recent trends in this type of robots.
Thanking you.....

pradeep

mylene said at November 17, 2004 1:47 AM:

hi sir...im also amazed in reading about robo sapiens articles. im interested to this. This is a big help for all of us like our country, Philippines...more power sir.

kundan ram said at April 28, 2005 5:40 AM:

dear sir
its really a amazing thing for me. sir i m a professor by profetion and i wanted detail onthis topic recently i guide project on robo . and i want to go trogh new trends in this field . so i can add more on the same
thanking you
kundan

harsimran singh said at June 6, 2005 11:32 AM:

dear sir,the world is undoubtly going to be a world of very different infrastructures all around.i have cleared isc 2005 with 77 percent marks.i am immensely desirous of persuing my career in mechatronics and robotics.please provide me with the required informations at the earliest so that i be able to get into something of my dreams.i will really feel very and very thankful.

ehsan rezaie said at January 6, 2006 6:09 PM:

hi,its too great

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