In January of this year the world was stunned to find out that, during the upcoming FIFA World Cup, a Brazilian paraplegic will be ceremoniously chosen to kick off the event. It wasn’t the fact that this person was paraplegic, but rather s/he will be kicking off using a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit to help. Were we really that close to our sci-fi fantasies that people who were originally disabled could now partake in sports activities using advanced technology?
“We can’t protect the cognitive organ of the meat-bags who are presently performing for us with sacrificial results, so, let’s yank them off the field and substitute their frailness with metallic, omnipotent wonder-athletes.
Teams of Robots, shaped like human gridiron heroes, wearing the same colors, performing the same plays, blocking, tacking, pass-catching, running, punting, intercepting… let’s create robots that can do everything the Pro Bowlers can do, without mental incapacitation as a consequence.”
The disciplines covered in this event include the powered arm prosthetics race, the brain-computer interface race, and the powered exoskeleton race.
“In the future – and I don’t mean the far-future; I mean 5, maybe 10, years at most – what we’re going to see is technology making the people who use it, disabled or not, more capable than otherwise fully functional, biological human beings. It’s the “normal people,” or the “able-bodied people,” or whatever you want to call them, who are going to be at a severe disadvantage. This prosthetic technology is going to quickly outpace human biological limits.”
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