[The Infinite Monkey Cage] How to Build a Bionic Human

How to Build a Bionic Human

04/02/2019 by BBC Radio 4

Web player: http://podplayer.net/?id=63032683
Episode: http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p06zxg53.mp3

How to Build a Bionic Human.

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by “supervet” Noel Fitzpatrick, Dr Kevin Fong and comedian Lucy Beaumont to learn how to build a bionic human. They’ll be looking at the development of artificial limbs and organs that have been pioneered during times of war and at the extreme end of emergency medicine, and find out how Noel Fitzpatrick is developing new techniques and bionic devices at his veterinary practice, that could eventually be used on humans.

Listen Date: 2019-03-22

Notes:

There was quite a bit here – just that it was unfocused so I can’t point to any one particular thing. I did end up wondering more about the Hull accent and location (Yorkshire, it turns out) then about bionics. Learned about how metal to skin contact is a bacteria and infection hotspot; and there was an interesting discussion about the complexity of the human body and organs that was reflected later on in my playlist in an EconTalk episode.

 

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