8.03.2009

Humans 2.0: Replacing the Mind and Body

http://www.livescience.com/technology/090802-brain-body-replacement-parts.html
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Recent breakthroughs in bionics and lab-grown body parts — along with news last month that a Swiss research team aims to recreate the intricacies of the human brain within a decade — show science is rapidly creating many of the parts needed to build a fully functional human almost from scratch.
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The Holy Grail of artificial body parts is the brain, the convoluted workings of which science is just beginning to unravel.
Other researchers are unlocking secrets of the brain that could allow for biochips that replace certain functions, at least. The sex chip, for example, is nearing readiness and would stimulate orgasms at the push of a button.
"It is not impossible to build a human brain and we can do it in 10 years," Henry Markram, who leads the Blue Brain project, told the BBC.
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