The Woman Without A Pulse isn’t a trashy zombie movie or a cut Star Trek episode, but instead a new kind of cyborg with a totally mechanical heart which fundamentally alters the human design. Which still sounds like a movie, but at least it’s science-fiction instead of horror.
Madam Salina Mohamed So’ot received a total artificial heart to replace her own ailing organ which was undergoing end-stage failure. Which is bad. The interesting aspect is that her new heart doesn’t mimic the mammalian model but instead uses centrifugal forces to continually pump blood around her body, meaning she doesn’t have a pulse (and might want to get a medalert bracelet which just says “Check for breathing, doctor! Don’t give up!”)
The new pulse-free pump is extremely exciting for the futurists, transhumanist, and anyone else interested in improving on the human design. Which really should be everyone (especially the appendectomized). The new design is smaller and more efficient than past pulsing models and without the rigors of slamming blood around the place it lasts a lot longer. A major plus, as swapping these things out is abit trickier than changing batteries.
The idea of improving on our design is especially awesome because we now have the technology to do it, and we can expect a near-future of man-machine modification. Especially now that medical professionals are admitting that the original model human body could bear some serious improvement. Oscar Pistorius demonstrates that prosthetics don’t have to follow flesh and blood, and now even the organs are being upgraded.
It’s going to be an interesting future. (via dailygalaxy)