borg computerized hearts gain mometum
Posted by: Panchito ()
Date: September 09, 2014 05:52PM
"The Era of Artificial Hearts Has Begun
September 9, 2014 // 07:00 AM EST
On September 5th, however, another patient in France received the Carmat heart. "This intervention confirms that heart transplant procedures are entering a new era," French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Monday in a statement, according to the AFP.
Naturally, some critics worry that, beyond the efficacy of the device itself, an artificial heart is too large a step towards becoming a cyborgâ€”a term the public still isn't yet comfortable with. However, many futurists, like myself, believe such transhumanist tech won't scare most people in the long run."
"Mr Carpentier hopes his artificial heart, powered by replaceable batteries carried outside the body, will help to solve the chronic shortage of hearts for transplant surgery. Unlike a real donor heart, it should not provoke rejection by the host.
The Carpentier heart weighs 900g, is roughly the same size as a real heart and imitates its functions exactly. Electrical sensors and microprocessors monitor the demands of the body for blood and adjust the operation of the heart accordingly."
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