Very interesting short documentary on augmentation and prosthetics, made to mark the release of the computer game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. In Deus Ex, set in 2027, you play as Adam Jensen, a mechanically augmented cyborg with various cybernetic additions which give him a range of enhanced powers. This documentary follows Rob Spence, aka Eyeborg, as he delves into the current state of prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation.
What struck me the most about the documentary is how advanced augmentation technologies already are. Terminator vision, or augmented reality, is especially exciting. The technology used by the firefighters in the film is fantastic, and really impressive to see. The ability to overlay situational data onto the world that you see would be amazing to have, and I’m sure there are many applications it could be used for. Prosthetic arms and legs technology is also advancing rapidly, with the Power Knee being especially great to see.
As well as cybernetics, genetics and biomechanical devices are areas that I would love to see explored further. I’ve always believed that using the power of the body to help improve itself, rather than just adding something foreign onto it, is the way forward. Thankfully, it seems that technology is going in that direction!
Let’s hope ethical issues keep up with the rapid advancements in human augmentation. Onwards!