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A third thumb? Our changing attitudes to human enhancement

The Independent - Tech

"Now after wearing it on and off for so long, I do feel like it is an extension of my hand," says Dani Clode, a Royal College of Art student who created a "third thumb" as part of her MA dissertation project. "This is a similar kind of feeling to driving, or using a sewing machine. You don't think about putting your foot down after a while, you think about moving forward and your foot just goes down." Completed earlier this summer, the Third Thumb Project consists of a 3D-printed prosthetic thumb, which is attached to the user's hand, while a bracelet receives signals from a bluetooth device that detects movements in the wearer's foot. To operate the thumb, the wearer just has to press down with one of their feet.


Will the Internet of Things make us superhuman?

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Scott Amyx is a thought leader, speaker and author on wearables and the Internet of Things, and is the managing partner at Venture1st and CEO of Amyx . We often highlight our frailties when we fail -- we are, after all, only human. However, technology is quickly redefining what it means to be human. There is no denying that we are considerably different from the people who came before us, not only in that we successfully wield technology to overcome a range of challenges, but we also utilize it to enhance our current condition. From artificial skin, limbs and organs to touchable holograms and gesture-controlled devices, the trend is quite clear: Transhumanism will very likely be the next stage of human development.


Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020

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Human augmentation conjures up visions of futuristic cyborgs, but humans have been augmenting parts of the body for hundreds of years. Glasses, hearing aids and prosthetics evolved into cochlear implants and wearables. Even laser eye surgery has become commonplace. But what if scientists could augment the brain to increase memory storage, or implant a chip to decode neural patterns? What if exoskeletons became a standard uniform for autoworkers, enabling them to lift superhuman weights?


Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020

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Human augmentation conjures up visions of futuristic cyborgs, but humans have been augmenting parts of the body for hundreds of years. Glasses, hearing aids and prosthetics evolved into cochlear implants and wearables. Even laser eye surgery has become commonplace. But what if scientists could augment the brain to increase memory storage, or implant a chip to decode neural patterns? What if exoskeletons became a standard uniform for autoworkers, enabling them to lift superhuman weights?


Gartner Top 10 Proven Technology Trends to Follow In 2020

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During the Gartner IT Symposium or Xpo, analysts in the technology sphere presented their findings. Now Gartner is highlighting the top strategic IT trends that companies will need to sample out in 2020. Gartner gives a definition of what a "strategic technology trend" is by saying that it's one that has substantial potential to disrupt the existing technologies and is now moving away from being called an emerging technology into joining the pool of the technologies that are said to have a broader impact as well as use. It's a technology that is rapidly growing and expected to reach its tipping points within the next few years owing to its high degree of volatility. As a blockchain development team, you need to be aware of these technologies and how they will impact the app development processes.