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Robotic Arm To Help People, Crush Earth

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Posted August 8, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson


If you are missing an arm, you're likely to think the development of a high-tech robotic arm is a godsend. And, to you, it is. But I'm afraid mixing humans and robots will lead to our further enslavement by our metal overlords.

The mechanical/digital limb above was developed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who are trying to create a bionic arm that moves, looks and feels like its human counterpart. They hope to have it complete by 2009.

The arm pictured above is the second prototype.

Competing against them in the arms race (ha!) is DARPA-funded scientist Dean Kamen's robot arm. I suggest an Over The Top style arm-wrasslin' match between the two bots...but only if the fate of all life on earth hangs in the balance.

Plus, robots steal my pills at night.

Engadget: DARPA-funded bionic arm gets second prototype

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