extreme bionics?

How soon before we have the first ethical debate on whether an athlete with bionic limbs is at an advantage over athletes without them?

Update. Geoffrey Taucer sends this link for Cybathlon. The first world championships for robot-assisted parathletes. Switzerland 2016.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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Here’s the state of the art.

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.

Watch that 19min long video presentation on TED.

related – FDA Approves Segway Inventor’s Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

4 comments ↓

#1 JimfromSeattle on 06.13.14 at 4:03 am

wasn’t the whole Oscar Pistorius debate about this?

#2 kecks on 06.13.14 at 6:58 am

it was. he had quite an advantage over ordinary athletes in the 400m because of his protheses.

#3 extreme bionics? | Gymnastics News Network. on 06.13.14 at 7:01 am

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#4 Geoffrey Taucer on 06.13.14 at 2:51 pm

The first cyborg Olympics have already been scheduled for 2016 in Switzerland: http://www.cybathlon.ethz.ch/

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