When I was in high school I attended a philosophy seminar. In that seminar we spoke about many things and one topic I still remember is about humans slowly becoming cyborgs–part human and part machine. It starts with little things: a pair of glasses, a watch, a bluetooth headset. Then it slowly evolves to other things: a phone on your wrists, chips embedded under your skin with all your financial information, and glasses that record everything you see. Now we are heading into final stages of our evolution into cyborgs.
How Will We Become Cyborgs
The final piece of the puzzle that will turn us all into symbiotic dwellers of the virtual universe is the wearable electric human/human and human machine interface. This invention by John James Daniels is a work of genius, he rightfully claimed, and in the age of globalization, he rightfully seeks an international patent.
The present invention relates to a remote reality (“remotality”) interface between humans and machines, and between humans and humans. More particularly, the present invention pertains to a wearable Haptic Human/Machine Interface (HHMI) for uses including, but not limited to, mitigating tremor, accelerated learning, cognitive therapy, remote robotic, drone and probe control and sensing, virtual and augmented reality, stroke, brain and spinal cord rehabilitation, gaming, education, pain relief, entertainment, remote surgery, remote participation in and/or observation of an event such as a sporting event, and biofeedback.
How the HHMI Machine Works
In the human body, somatic and kinesthetic sensations relate to force and touch. People perceive somatic sensations cutaneously (at the skin) and subcutaneously (below the skin). You can relate kinesthetic sensations to mechanical body parts, such as joints and muscles. In general, Daniels calls these sensations haptic feedback which one can use to determine extrinsic properties like geometry, roughness, slipperiness, temperature, weight and inertia (force).
For example, scientists know the use of electrical stimulation for pain relief and muscular training, as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). You can also use TENS to stimulate nerve endings to block pain. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) has been used for causing involuntary contractions to build and tone muscles for sports, fitness and rehabilitation.
The Wrap Up
Elon Musk, among others, worries about AI taking over. Perhaps the rise of AI and autonomous robots warrants his fear. However, will our evolution into cyborgs make us more like machines. Or with the help of AI and machine learning will being cyborgs make machines more like us empathetic and fallible regardless of proper instruction?
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