Final Abstract by Dennis Yeh

Humans have often replaced lost limbs and body parts with working prosthetics in the past.  My question is, how many body parts or vital organs can be replaced with machinery and nanotechnology?  My idea is to systematically replace body parts until the subject is a working humanoid  with no vital organs except the brain and spine.  The brain and spine will control every body part, and nutrients/ will be delivered through the use of nanoparticles that can attach themselves to neurotransmitters, proteins, etc. and transfer them throughout the humanoid.  The eyes could be replaced by optical sensors that could see infared, ultraviolet, etc. with a 360 degree field of vision.  These optical sensors could patch into the brain’s occipital lobe in order to transmit the visual data.  Muscles could be replaced by extremely strong bands made of flexible carbon nanotubes that stretch or contract when electricity is applied.  This humanoid would possess superhuman strength and superior powers, would not need to eat (solar powered skin?), and would not require sleep.  These examples are only a few considerations compared to the thousands of enhancements that could be performed.  Similar to the Nokia Morph, a humanoid could have nanofibers on the skin that could instantaneously change the surface of the skin to look like anything, or have a “haptic surface” that could change form in order to securely grip objects.

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