http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/sciencenotfiction/2011/06/16/form-follows-function-prosthetics-and-artificial-organs-that-break-the-human-mold/

http://www.npr.org/2011/06/13/137029208/heart-with-no-beat-offers-hope-of-new-lease-on-life

These two articles are both very interesting because they demonstrate what can be achieved if we are not constrained by the need to be ‘human’ in the sense of normal. Both articles demonstrate that if we allow ourselves to think of technological body modification as an opportunity to become more than we were, rather than viewing it as a means to fit in.

It will be interesting to see how prosthetics and artificial organs develop under a function rather than form approach. I think it may also lead to a greater breakdown of the supposed therapy/enhancement distinction. I think that this can only be a good thing as people become more individual and more able to express themselves in the way and manner that they wish.

Sam Walker (PhD Student)

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