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One Small Step for the Bionic Man, One Giant Leap for Robotics

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One Small Step for the Bionic Man, One Giant Leap for Robotics

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Hydraulic hips, computer controlled knees, the world's most lifelike bionic ankles, and a robotic exoskeleton propel the Bionic Man forward to take his very first steps.

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How close is today's technology to catching up with the human body? Two roboticists are on a quest to find out. Follow their mission as they collect the most sophisticated prosthetic parts available and combine them into one single functioning body, complete with an artificial heart, microchip brain, synthetic lungs, kidneys, and even a spleen. Their incredible bionic man reveals just how far science has come and demonstrates where this technology is headed, all the while posing the eternal question of what it means to be human.


  • Alexander Seifalian
  • Richard Walker
  • Bertolt Meyer
  • Alexander Seifalian

    Alexander Seifalian

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    Professor Alexander Seifalian and his colleagues at University College London invented a method of creating artificial organs. Using a patient's stem cells and a scaffolding made of a new kind of nanomaterial, he has been able to implant synthetic body parts, including the first ever synthetic trachea, tear duct, nose, ear and coronary artery bypass graft.

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