As if people weren't worrying enough about advanced prostheses making amputees stronger than normal humans, now we have to worry if they are going to make them sexier, too. The prosthetics industry is growing rapidly, and, according to Hugh Herr, the director of MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics Group, advanced prostheses will soon become envied in the same way the newest electronic gadget or the hottest car is today.
It makes sense, when you think about it. Aesthetically pleasing inanimate objects do attract people and inspire envy, whether it's an iPhone, nice shoes, or a Ferrari.
"Let me make a point," Herr told Fast Company. "Eyeglasses -- it's a ... sex apparatus. Often people can have contact lenses, but they choose in certain social environments to wear their glasses, because it looks hot. People put glasses on to make themselves look more intelligent. To augment their appearance, not just their performance."
Additionally, Herr believes that, as prostheses change from restoring lost ability to providing abilities beyond normal capabilities, not only people will actually want to trade in functioning flesh body parts for more powerful robotic appendages, but for better-looking ones as well.
sorry, not hot.
sex-bot the new more human model...
i would certainly prefer to buy a bio engineered organ or limbs than these lifeless gadgets, think of this, every year you are going to buy new parts because what you have was so out of date ..cmon
wow who's your robo daddy.....
I agree about the eyeglasses. Not sure I'm ready to cut my feet off for a pair of bumper car power contacts just yet though. On a separate note, if I were to quote the 2nd sentence of the 3rd paragraph, my account would be banned. ;-)
ya, what's up with PS web-publishing the F-bomb?
I think its awesome for those who need this!
Freedom of the Press.....and most people don't know the origins of profanity yet they are offended by it.....I think people should know the origin of these words before they chose to be offended by it.
It's been so nice letting my kids read this website, up until today. Especially nice when a 10 year reads to her 6 year old cousin what's in the article.
Guess Net Nanny will be updated now. Great way to keep readers popsci.
she is hot but im also shallow. from the great words of comedian Daniel Tosh "if i lost a leg would you still love me? If you lost half a fingernail id break up with you". idk maybe im not that shallow. haha
Hell here i come
nobody edits this crap?
This is not a joke! The religion of Islam and its offspring Sharia Law are taking modern Europe as we know it. Muslims want Islam to take over Europe and North America and force women to cover up or be punished! Please educate yourself on this dire matter immediately!!!
Hey you know what I think that censoring swear words and banning people for profanity is just bull sh#t. Cause on youtube i cuss all the time and nothing happens. Heck people say the F word in their youtube videos all the time and those videos never get taken down. I think people just need to except the fact that swear words aren't so bad and that their kids are going to grow up and use them eventually. LOL I started saying the F word everyday back in the 3rd grade ahahahahaha!!! The only thing i still haven't done is lose my virginity =( but honestly i am not offended at all that popsci published the F word. I AM OFFENDED AT THE FACT THAT MY ACCOUNT ON HERE HAS BEEN DEACTIVATED TWO TIMES NOW CAUSE I HAVE DECIDED TO CUSS ON HERE BUT ITS OK FOR POPSCI TO DO IT!!!!
cookie453, not sure if you were referring to me or not, but I wasn't offended by the use of a curse word. I just made a simple observation about the double standard.
Ummmm... I wouldn't kick her out of bed for wearing springs?
good point, wmmurphy. I wouldn't stop letting your kids read it though. I think PopSci should flag their own articles so that you can 'filter' the magazine before letting your child read it. Maybe we should write a letter to the editor. That'd be really good for the kids. I don't want to step on 'freedom of the press', so flagging articles would be a great compromise where they can keep their readers. We'll see what happens I guess.
Every society has that word that nobody is allowed to use. In English, the "F-bomb" is that word. That's just the way it is.
This is a nearly inevitable path for us to go down. At the rate this tech is advancing (in large part to funding by the government to help injured solders) the time is fast approaching when the people without enhanced prosthesis will be seen as handicapped.
I look forward to getting new mods and upgrades especially for my once broken back. I want my back to be better than it was before my surgery.
Anyone else think of Cyberpunk or Shadowrun when we think of the future? :)
lol Yeah, Cyberpunk is only 10 years away! But where's HAL? He's about 10 years late. But if I were to choose a fictional robot to live among us, it'd have to be Johnny Number Five. ;-)
@mitEj: everytime I sit down to play cyberpunk I compare where we are verse their timeline
speaking of cyberpunk...this smacks of Mr. Studds implant
I'm a middle school teacher, and between the recent "fem-bots" article and this, I think that I am done using articles from this site for my students science current events activity.
The writers of these articles should have higher standards. I'm used to hearing this language, but these articles are supposed to have some sort of scholarly feel to them. Instead, they are using language that I would not all ow my students to use.
Freedom of speech is fine, but why can't popsci show a bit more wisdom?
How would you feel if you lost a foot race to a guy (or girl in this case) with no foots?
Exactly! This is gonna catch on. People are gonna start 'accessorizing' and pretty soon.... "Everbody cut foot loose"
(Thanks for giving me the set up, by the way)
What you all are missing is that prosthetics cost tens of thousands of dollars and many insurance companies refuse to pay for them. If they fall into the realm of "accessory" (and nonsense articles like these only thrill the insurance companies into more denials)then it will never be considered a medical necessity.
Anyone who thinks that my $60,000 C-leg is cool, sexy or good looking needs the thrill of paying out of pocket and walking a mile in it. I'm guessing you'd opt out for the real deal.
Your C-Leg was $60,000? Mine was nowhere near that. And I'm pretty sure there is only one model of C-Leg. Yes, I got insurance help, but the total (pre-insurance) was not $60,000.
I think it is cool-looking. Yes, it is hard to get adjusted to, but it isn't horrible either. Just another learning experience. I've only had mine since July '09 and I am getting along pretty well with it.
All that said, I agree that I wouldn't "purposely" get an artificial limb.
my C-leg, 3 years ago, only cost about $36,000, for the knee unit itself. the socket, the foot, the fitting time/labor probably round out to about 50k, give or take.
I like it better than my old mauch that'd collapse on me, oh the good times i had face-planting on pavement, sigh...
Ha ha, Oh my god, amazing picture, hoping that picture is Photoshop edited, and if not, well I'm really happy for those who need this. It's a huge advance.
Poor old clank clank.
I don't need to know the meaning of the word (which I do) to understand the modern connotations. I am dissapointed because using that word does nothing to advance the point of the article, and popsci doesn't or shouldn't need to use shock tactics to maintain readership.