What a pain in the neck!  

vrec_dawn 41M
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5/2/2006 3:27 pm
What a pain in the neck!

Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up and the muscles in your neck are just knotted up tighter than a bored sailor's practice rope? It's been one of those days. I guess I must have slept funny. So I've spent all day with a soda bottle filled with hot tap water against my neck while at work. Now that I'm home I'll probably lay in bed instead of go out and enjoy what is otherwise such a nice day. Which is a bummer.

But my point is that you never really notice just how much range of motion you use on a regular basis until it's taken away from you. It's amazing how articulated our bodies are. The bone structure and the use of muscles give us such a variety of options. It's really quite amazing.

Then you look at movies like Terminator or actual robotic projects to mimic this amazing machine that is organic life, and you just have to laugh at how badly our technology does in comparison. Without synthetic muscles, we have nothing that comes close.

Actually, it kind of makes you feel sorry for people who lose their limbs. Even our best technology still can't quite cut it, and it'd cost a fortune. Maybe one day we'll have electrically triggered contracting strands of carbon or some such myomer technology. Maybe one day we'll have a simple interface between the biological electro-chemical nervous system and a mechanical control processor so that we can do surgery to connect a fake arm right up to where our nerves were severed. Maybe.

Of course who needs mechanical equivalents when you can bioengineer the exact parts you need with stem cells? If not for the moral implications, biomechanics could be quite a powerful field to break into. Imagine a world where instantaneous death is the only thing we can't cure.

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