Forget VR Sex -- Here's How Tech Will Actually Change Your Love Life

Our technologies are rapidly evolving, and with it, the very nature of our personal lives. Here's how the era of tech-enabled intimacy will forever change the way we go about forming and maintaining relationships. » 4/23/14 11:00am Today 11:00am

This cybernetic hand is the first to give amputees a sense of touch

You're looking at LifeHand2, a prosthetic limb that allows amputees to feel sensory-rich information in real time. The futuristic device, which transmits signals to nerves in the upper arm, is not yet commercially available or portable — but it represents an important proof-of-concept as researchers work to create more … » 2/05/14 11:30am 2/05/14 11:30am

A Cybernetic Implant That Repairs Brain Damage

There may be an answer for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries. It's a device called a brain-machine-brain interface — and it has the potential to revolutionize the way brain damage is treated in humans. » 12/10/13 8:15am 12/10/13 8:15am

Could a cybernetic implant really help you lose weight?

Forget about fad diets and surgery. Researchers from ETH-Zurich have come up with a potential high-tech solution to the ongoing obesity epidemic: An implantable slimming aid that monitors fat in the blood. In response to elevated levels, it produces a substance that tells the body that it's not hungry. » 11/29/13 10:48am 11/29/13 10:48am

The world’s first mind-controlled robotic leg is ready for prime time

Late last year we told you about Zac Vawter, recipient of the first mind-controlled prosthetic leg. Now, after extensive testing and a series of important tweaks, the device is ready for actual clinical applications. Your cyborg future awaits. » 9/26/13 8:40am 9/26/13 8:40am

This is what it’s like to shake hands with the future

Meet Nigel Ackland, the recipient of the Bebionic 3 artificial hand — the world’s most advanced cybernetic limb. He was just one of over 30 remarkable scientists, technologists, and futurists who spoke at the recently concluded Global Future 2045 Congress held this past weekend in New York. » 6/17/13 7:30am 6/17/13 7:30am

When the nerds go to war with the geeks, who will survive?

In this week’s “Postal Apocalypse,” you guys ask the tough questions about Game of Thrones, Avengers and cybernetic hand replacements, and I give you the hard answers, mostly because giving you soft answers sounds even dirtier. The mailbag is running low, so please don’t forget to send your questions to postman@io9.com » 3/20/13 8:00am 3/20/13 8:00am

How Much Longer Until Humanity Becomes A Hive Mind?


Last month, researchers created an electronic link between the brains of two rats separated by thousands of miles. This was just another reminder that technology will one day make us telepaths. But how far will this transformation go? And how long will it take before humans evolve into a fully-fledged hive mind? We… » 3/15/13 11:00am 3/15/13 11:00am

Google Glass Ushers in the Next Wave of Cybernetic Hate Crimes

Last week, a cafe in Seattle banned the use of Google Glass, a reflection of the growing concern about the ways this cutting-edge technology might be abused. But the critics are ignoring the technology’s potential to make our lives safer and more democratic. Worse, by stigmatizing its use, the Glass-haters are spawning … » 3/14/13 1:00pm 3/14/13 1:00pm

Amputee To Get An Artificial Hand That Can Experience the Feeling of…

It looks like the next generation of prosthetic limbs is upon us. Later this year, a patient living in Rome will receive an advanced prosthetic hand with sensory capacities. The hand will be wired directly to the man's nervous system with electrodes, allowing him to control its movement — and to receive touch signals… » 2/21/13 2:00pm 2/21/13 2:00pm

Will humans continue to evolve during multigenerational space missions?

Scientific American has posted an interview and podcast with Portland State University anthropologist Cameron Smith about the ways in which humans might evolve during extended missions in space. Given the intense timeframes involved, Smith speculates about the various ways in which Darwinian pressures will continue to … » 12/20/12 12:30pm 12/20/12 12:30pm