Real Deus Ex-Style Augmentation Could Depend on Squid Ink

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Real Deus Ex-Style Augmentation Could Depend on Squid Ink

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Researchers at the University of Washington have created a squid ink-powered proton transistor which could allow machines to communicate directly with organic matter.

It isn't easy to make an organic cell talk to a piece of electrical equipment; first in a long list of problems is the fact that while the former uses ions and protons to send commands, the latter relies on electrons. In good news for augmentation fans everywhere, a team from the University of Washington says they might be about to solve this problem with their squid-based proton transistor.

In simplified terms, our bodies use protons to switch different cells "on" and "off," and those commands can't be given by electrons - unless there's a transistor inbetween to "translate" for them. The transistor uses a modified form of the compound chitosan, which is found in abundance in crab shells and the insides of squids, to allow electron-to-proton commands.

Marco Rolandi, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, explained that, "There's always this issue, a challenge, at the interface - how does an electronic signal translate into an ionic signal, or vice versa?"

"We found a biomaterial that is very good at conducting protons, and allows the potential to interface with living systems," he continued. "In our device, large bioinspired molecules can move protons, and a proton current can be switched on and off, in a way that's completely analogous to an electronic current in any other field effect transistor."

At the moment the transistor is silicon-based, meaning it isn't compatible with organic matter. Rolandi and his team are working on making the transistor a little more human-friendly, and the possible practical applications of this discovery won't really become apparent until then. A biocompatible transistor could monitor, influence or even directly control certain body functions; that health bar you're so used to seeing on the screen could become reality. Bad news for squids, it seems, is good news for us.

Source: TGDaily, via Dvice

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So when can I buy my bionic arm capable of punching through walls?

Protons and ions also move a lot slower than electrons, due to the fact of them having a much greater mass. I foresee timing and calibration issues. Nice discovery though: I could always use an extra hand (no, not for that). ^_^

Forget the arm, guy who had first post!

Give me the hacking augments so I can steal Half Life 2: Episode 3 from Valve's servers. I'm sure they have it stashed there in case of finacial emergency. Or at least in Beta mode. I'd settle for Alpha too.

CrazyBerk:
So when can I buy my bionic arm capable of punching through walls?

Oh, just give them a few months if a bunch of assholes don't start protesting to ruin it for everybody.

John the Gamer:
Forget the arm, guy who had first post!

Give me the hacking augments so I can steal Half Life 2: Episode 3 from Valve's servers. I'm sure they have it stashed there in case of finacial emergency. Or at least in Beta mode. I'd settle for Alpha too.

I'd say that post just made Gabe go and eat it to prevent that from happening.

Awww, when I read augmentation and squid ink, I was hoping for a Zoidberg-like ink defense system. Although I suppose this is pretty cool too.

Who wouldn't ask for this?

James Crook:

CrazyBerk:
So when can I buy my bionic arm capable of punching through walls?

Oh, just give them a few months if a bunch of assholes don't start protesting to ruin it for everybody.

You know.... that is basically what what going in DX:HR. It'd be kinda crazy if that stuff in those games (well, minus the conspiracy stuff) came true.

Ser Imp:
Who wouldn't ask for this?

I didn'... fuck it. Memes are only funny when they are new.

This sounds like pretty wonderful news actually. Human augmentation becoming a reality is quite a fascinating concept. One that also brings with it a fucketload of moral problems, which, while, they have been pondered for a while, are not quite answered.
I, for one, welcome our out-of-place boss battle overlords.

I need to find the waiting list and get my name on it ASAP.

I'll never stop looking. GET IT? LIKE IN THE GAME. ISOFUNNY.

So we will be fighting over squid juice in the future? The middle east will finally be off the hook :P

Hevva:
A biocompatible transistor could monitor, influence or even directly control certain body functions; that health bar you're so used to seeing on the screen could become reality. Bad news for squids, it seems, is good news for us.

Well to be fair we already eat them, so it's not like we were the best of friends at this point. And if this takes off they'll probably just make the compound artificially in mass quantities.

I'm contemplating to give myself a bionic arm even though both my arms are completely fine. The only flaw they have is that I can't destroy a stone block with them.

No_Remainders:

John the Gamer:
Forget the arm, guy who had first post!

Give me the hacking augments so I can steal Half Life 2: Episode 3 from Valve's servers. I'm sure they have it stashed there in case of finacial emergency. Or at least in Beta mode. I'd settle for Alpha too.

I'd say that post just made Gabe go and eat it to prevent that from happening.

Then I'd guess the arms shan't be rejected so easily after all; Heimmlich FTW!

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You *have* to take squid ink, one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs in the world today. If you don't, your body will reject your augmentations. It is ink that is priced so highly that we are now seeing cases of high profile people out on the street. And they're begging. They're begging for squids. IF YOU DON'T TAKE THEIR SQUID INK, YOU'LL DIE!

Beryl77:
I'm contemplating to give myself a bionic arm even though both my arms are completely fine. The only flaw they have is that I can't destroy a stone block with them.

I suppose some would make the point that your natural limbs have the potential to adapt and grow so that you could potentially break a block :/. Just saying

OT: That's interesting, although I doubt much will come from it. We always hear about "the next big step" towards limb augmentations or replacements, but we very rarely hear about it afterwards.

Ser Imp:
Who wouldn't ask for this?

Personally, I'd prefer a set of Iron Man armor over actually replacing my limbs.

Space Jawa:

Ser Imp:
Who wouldn't ask for this?

Personally, I'd prefer a set of Iron Man armor over actually replacing my limbs.

Actually...
I would to

Avaholic03:
Awww, when I read augmentation and squid ink, I was hoping for a Zoidberg-like ink defense system. Although I suppose this is pretty cool too.

Where do you think they got the Typhoon idea from?

Just compare:


See? Same thing!

I think this is awesome, it could help people who lost their limbs in accidents and what not. I wouldn't mind splurging for some augments also.

Maybe that is what in all the magical macguffin candy bars I was hoarding?

Ummmm...Don't tell podi puss about this.

Strangely I think I have heard this story before (although not linked to Deus Ex). Still, it's interesting stuff!

I'd totally give myself an extra thumb so I can game better

Chitosan is not Melanin, you should really change that title.

I'm not entirely sure I want to walk around with a little health bar in the corner of my vision in real life...

BabyRaptor:
I'm not entirely sure I want to walk around with a little health bar in the corner of my vision in real life...

Don't worry about that. A random guy on the internet will figure out a NO HUD mod for you in no time.

As for me. Bionic legs baby. I'm fucking sick and tired of public transport. Gonna be hopping all the way like Superman at the start of his run.

I would love to have a HUD in life. Although, I would like to be able to switch it on and off.

Bionics? Mixed with squids?

I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going...

1337mokro:

BabyRaptor:
I'm not entirely sure I want to walk around with a little health bar in the corner of my vision in real life...

Don't worry about that. A random guy on the internet will figure out a NO HUD mod for you in no time.

As for me. Bionic legs baby. I'm fucking sick and tired of public transport. Gonna be hopping all the way like Superman at the start of his run.

And then everybody downloads it. Eventually, all the mod users get a message on their HUD, "My buddy asked me to show him what human augmentation can do, I've decided I must do exactly that."

am I the only one who rather has this?
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personally I'd just like to teleport :]

ADAM(Jensen) from Sarifinclair solutions. :P

BRB PREORDERING FACE-SUNGLASSES.

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