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Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids.

DIGITAL PEOPLE: From Bionic Humans to Androids

SIDNEY PERKOWITZ

Perkowitz takes readers to the outer limits of robotics and the science of artificial body parts. Replacement knees, hips, and blood vessels number in the millions in the United States alone. Perkowitz charts nearly 100 years of research into machines ranging from purely mechanical automatons to bionic parts for people. He looks forward to retinal implants and brain-embedded computer chips that could alter a person's mental capacity and emotional states. Also featured are machines that rival human abilities. Perkowitz describes the controversy and ethical dilemmas that accompany them. Joseph Henry, 2004, 238 p., hardcover, $24.95.
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Publication:Science News
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Date:Oct 9, 2004
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