Segments in this Video

Paradigm Shift (02:21)


Learn about the history of prosthesis and merging the human body with technology. This could be the start of a new industrial revolution.

Building a Robotic Hand (04:35)

In several academic centers new types of artificial limbs are being developed as research platforms. Cipriani explains the difficulty in finding a balance between size and energy.

Sensory Feedback (05:03)

It is important to give a user some degree of sensorial feedback. The absence of feedback is a common reason for users to discard their prosthetic. Meyer describes his own experience.

Level of Acceptance (04:44)

Learn the options users of the i-limb experience. Users must go through fitting and training sessions. Meyer explains the importance of functionality and physiological affect.

Micro-Robotics (03:27)

Robots might change how surgery is performed in the future. Small robots, capable of transmitting data, would move inside the body.

Artificial Retinas (05:01)

The natural and the artificial find a meeting point in Oniris, a bionic retina. The retina produces its own power and stimulates neurons directly.

Artificial Hearts (03:32)

Cross-disciplinarity is a major factor to the success of robotics and technology. Internal organs can be recreated artificially, specifically an artificial heart.

Neuroexos Compatibility (05:30)

Robotic systems can be worn such as neuro-exoskeletons. The robotic prosthesis adapts to the actions of the patient's reactions. Learn about short-term and long-term rehabilitation.

Elderly Mobility (02:12)

Wearable robotics could be a key element for elderly mobility. Learn about the steep increase in the amount of elderly people in the world.

Body Extender (03:40)

Wearable robotics has a goal to augment human abilities. It increases strength, and does not sacrifice sensitivity. Meyer discusses the ideal of a superhuman.

Cyborg Potential (04:41)

Bostrom explains the difficulty in reconstructing the human body. Gunura discusses the production process of the chair-less chair.

Semi-Autonomous Robotics (03:41)

Exoskeletons help reduce the amount of energy required in daily tasks. Commercially available prosthesis are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

Evaluative Ethics (02:58)

Meyer's discusses the lack of ethical guidelines in the robotics industry. Bostrom defines a living machine and addresses the future of biotechnology.

Credits: The Bionic Man: Age of Robots (01:43)

Credits: The Bionic Man: Age of Robots

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The Bionic Man: Age of Robots

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From brains to eyes, hands to legs and deep down to the internal organs; implants, prosthesis and rehabilitation are entering a new era to potentially create a new type of human being - The Bionic Man. Mankind has long tried to find remedies to genetic or accidental disabilities with the use of artificial limbs. In the episode, we look at the some of the most interesting robotic limbs and see how robotics can also be used for rehabilitation to help patients recover faster. We also see how both the heart and retina could be replaced by artificial devices. But what are the ethics of mixing technology with biology?

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL110738

ISBN: 978-1-68272-615-0

Copyright date: ©2014

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