How Long Before I Can 3D Print a Replacement Body for Myself?

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Futurist Thomas Frey: A couple weeks ago I turned 60. I remember how old 60 was when I was a kid, and now I’m here.

As a person who spends a lot of time asking “what if” questions, constantly thinking about extreme possibilities, the notion of 3D printing a replacement body for myself became very intriguing.

I remember seeing science fiction movies where cloned bodies were grown over long periods of time, and more recent ones with accelerated cloning technology, but the 3D printing of replacement bodies is a faster option, just now coming into view.

Bioprinting is the process of using 3D printers to form human tissue. This process that has already been used to print replacement kidneys, bladders, livers, skin, bones, teeth, noses, and ears, as well as prosthetic arms and legs. This is a list that didn’t even exist 5 years ago, but is now growing on a regular basis.

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Here’s how much body parts cost on the Black Market

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If you were ever curious as to how much body parts can fetch on the black market,Medical Transcription created a snazzy infographic to show you. Some parts are shockingly cheap! Like would you want a new shoulder or a new iPad? Both cost 500 bucks.

Other organs are prohibitively expensive, like a kidney. That little sucker costs $262,000 in the US (other countries have it for cheaper)! Here’s the full list of body parts and their cost…

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Zon – Most Innovative Technology In A Hearing Aid

Zon Hearing Aid Concept 

 Zon Hearing Aid

There are a few who understand technology and even lesser know something of design. Starkey’s designed ‘zon hearing aid’ is a result of a defined approach from the seekers who know them both. What’s cooking in the design clinic isn’t known before it is out, but competitions that honor designs deserve credit for revealing the unknown. Stuart Karten’s design of the hearing aid bagged the people’s design award at the National Design Awards, and that is where it came known from. Zon hearing aid is one perfect device within too – housing the latest and most innovative technologies, from BluWaveTM signal processing to best feedback interceptors to a Directional Speech Detectors, making the audibility near perfect in all circumstances.

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Pen That Also Charges Your Phone

Pen That Also Charges Your Phone

 Keep your friends close, but your batteries even closer

 

Mobile chargers, small devices with batteries that you can plug a dying cellphone into, have been around for a while. But because they serve just one purpose, they haven’t caught on that well. People need to remember to carry them around with them so when the time is right, they have it on hand. Easier said than done.

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Call for a Warning System on Artificial Joints

Call for a Warning System on Artificial Joints

Monitoring artificial joints should be common practice

Dr. Lawrence Dorr, a nationally known orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, realized last year that something was very wrong with some of his patients.

Months after routine hip replacements, patients who had expected to live without pain were in agony. “The pain was grabbing me around the back,” said Stephen Csengeri, who is 54, and a lawyer from Torrance, Calif.

Dr. Dorr found he had implanted the same metal hip socket in each patient. Several needed surgery again — a replacement for their replacement.

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