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Bionic Man documentary to air in October in US

September 16, 2013


Photo credit: James Cheadle

A real-life million-dollar bionic man with artificial organs, synthetic blood and robotic limbs has been created to (1) showcase what’s possible with modern science and (2) hint at the future of prosthetics. The resulting bionic man has been exhibited at the London Science Museum and in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian. In October, the Smithsonian Channel will air a documentary about how it was built and what it can do. We will post the date as soon as it is given.
More than 50% of the human body was able to be “rebuilt” surprising most involved with the Smithsonian-funded project.
Often bioethicists, theologians and others question how much of a human can be replaced and still be considered a human. In this documentary, the emphasis is on making prosthetics where the aesthetics match the engineering and make the disabled feel whole again.
Two short video trailers are available here.

Frank Tobe
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Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, and is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.

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