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There is the radiation danger, as you said from cell phones and other such devices. But I think the actual materials are safe; people are fitted with metal bone replacements, e.g skull bone replaced with metal after injury.
I was referring to Stefan's reference to 'radiation' from cell phones, but that radiation is in the form of radio waves. I assume he was considering that some of the implanted electronics would transmit data and would have similar radio wave transmissions.
Cybernetics eh.. I could not remember the proper term! Thanks Neil!When you say to fix things do you mean like physical ailments diseases organs etc?
OK, adding a prosthetic here or there, even an artificial eye, is one thing; but at what point do we cease to be human at all? At what point do we become like the rat neurons inserted into the flight simulator?
That would depend on what "you" consider "being human" to be.
Metal bone replacements are not as good as the natural material, and hip replacements are only expected to last about 5 years (not least because there remains the risk of an immune response to the foreign objects).
Quote from: another_someone on 20/08/2007 12:48:26Metal bone replacements are not as good as the natural material, and hip replacements are only expected to last about 5 years (not least because there remains the risk of an immune response to the foreign objects).This is an erroneous statement that needs correcting. I have had metal femurs (thigh bones) since I was 36. The metal is inert in the body and dos nothing. The little high impact plastic used to form the socket of the hip did - at one time but no longer - cause some bone degeneration around the implant stem in the leg causing the leg prosthesis to become loose. But most of the problems have been overcome, both with hips, knees and other structures in the body. I have had one of my hip implants since 1991. and it is just fine.The most amazing to me implants are the facial reconstructions using plastics metal and tissue grown in the lab. In fact, as soon as I can afford it, I am getting a set of new permanent teeth. False teeth are a pain in the arse. The things I am a little concerned about are the electronic items such as GPS transponders to locate people, pet ID inserted under the skin of pet - soon to be humans, etc. Governments are already breaking the Social Contract political theorist have been using to justify the power of a government ever since the "divine right of kings" fell into disrepute.I don't want to get into a work whee I am owned by anything -government, corporation, another person -anything. The cybernetic technology makes this too easy to achieve.