Iron Man, Biomechanical Technology, & the Ethics of Human and Machine Integration (HMI)
What does the future of mankind look like?
In Extremis, we discover Tony Stark's ultimate purpose for the Iron Man suit -
"...It's not about exo-skeletons or war. It's about becoming better. It's about bringing on the future. The earliest stages of adapting machine to man and making us great."
So, the Iron Man suit is Tony Stark's first attempt at integrating Man and Machine. He wants to make us "better" by transitioning from machine helping man to machine becoming man. Let's discuss what this means and explore the technology and the ethics of marrying man and machine.
Topics to be discussed:
Definition of terms
Brief history of the human and machine relationship
Current state of biomechanical technology
The 3 stages of human and machine integration
the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes (Wikipedia.com)
a sub-discipline of biomedical engineering that applies the principles of mechanical engineering to biological systems i.e. humans.
For millennia, machines have helped man accomplish tasks and eventually tame the earth. However, during recent decades, we have seen machines begin the transition from assisting man, to being assimilated by man.
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The Iron Man suit is a biomechanical suit!
- Machines are used externally by the body to enhance strength, range of motion, endurance etc.
- We are currently in a transitional period where we have technology from BOTH Stage1 and Stage 2 of HMI.
A being with both organic and biomechanical parts. (wikipedia.com)
The only thing that is needed is your consciousness.
So, which side are you on?
Build a mechanical, human powered hand that can accomplish the following task: