Past, Present and Future of Human Augmentation
We have seen super humans in sci-fi dramas that have multiple abilities. The concept has its dawn during 1961when Pentagon had invited proposals for actual wearable robots. Following that period, independent researches and developments took place at various points of that time, and it was in 1980s Las Alamos National Laboratory scientists designed a Pitman Suit for U.S army infantrymen. These concepts stayed on drawings, but it took years to bring that into life. Over the years, technological advancements disrupted many areas including human augmentation discipline. Now the world has wearable technologies and devices that contribute to advanced sensory options such as cochlear implants.
Though at first the human augmentation concept has paved idea for developing extraordinary devices as inspired from comics and sci-fi dramas, now more advanced use cases in healthcare and various business purposes has been brought into real. Devices have been developed for orthotics that can enhance motion capabilities are prime examples. An absolute method of seamless integration of human cognitive abilities and mechanisms to control them are not invented yet. Utilization of emerging technologies such as AI can assist to produce humongous amount of sensor data. The long-term goal for the human-technology integration would result in studying the knowledge landscape of human cognition to build machines that can think like humans. By utilizing the intelligence learning capabilities that combine human cognition with machine learning can enhance the computer’s cognitive capabilities. That portion of the study still awaits a lot more improvement in terms of safety, reliability, and predictability of convoluted robust decision-making systems.
What the future beholds for human augmentation platform is unpredictable since the research and development in the field has been mostly covered due to the advancements in AI and ML. The field must draw elements from AR, VR, and ubiquitous computing, AI, and sensing technologies. Advancements in the medical field that is powered using technology have aided aging humans using critical mechanisms. Various studies across the field propose that human augmentation can extend the retirement limit and give a better and longer independent living. The user experience and willingness to adopt human augmented devices needs a special consideration since social acceptability is a major factor that decides the future of any innovation. Human augmentation backed by technology integration is not a panacea to solve all the problems, but it can be the initial steps for building a sustainable future where humans who are deprived of certain abilities can access them.