Meet Rex: the $1m bionic man with working heart, set of lungs and human face

“We were surprised how many of the parts of the body can be replaced,” said Rich Walker, managing director of the robotics team Shadow, who built Rex. “There are some vital organs missing, like the stomach, but 60 to 70 per cent of a human has effectively been rebuilt.” […]

“What we are beginning to achieve is building prostheses which look like human body parts, but we are a long way away from making ones which relay sensory information the way the human body does.”

Professor Hsiao drew the comparison between Star Wars and real life, saying: “The goal is the scene in the film where Luke Skywalker gets his new hand tested and is able to feel pain: we are not there. In 10 years, we will be able to build a robot which has the dexterity to pick up a pen and write with it, but it will not be able to send back sensory information.”

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    Oh, because that’s always good.
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    I would be happy to have a new limb if the only cost was no feeling
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    is it weird that I find this slightly terrifying?
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    10 years is a long time considering humanities scientific growth in just the last 100 years… Nay even 20 years! If...
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    This is fucking terrifying… The terminator is one step closer to.being real
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    Wow
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