Waiting for the Bionic Man
The author’s site lists this article as Waiting for the Bionic Man, so maybe Wired applied some kind of proprietary troll-baiting re-title algorithm to bump up the irritated enthusiast click through rate, or something: “A True Bionic Limb Remains Far Out of Reach.” Whatever. @MikeChorost’s report is a fanstastic reality update to the previous post and indeed, all the content of this blog. We need much more of this to Get There!
From the article:
- Hypothetically, a neurally controlled prosthesis would begin with a brain interface, a chip capable of picking up complex signals from the user’s brain.
- A computer would translate those signals into orders for the arm—”move up,” “bend my elbow,” “turn my wrist.”
- Motors in the joints would move the arm smoothly in response to commands from the computer.
- Sensors in the arm would feed information on its position and movement through the computer and into the chip in the user’s brain.