By connecting Jim's nervous system bidirectionally to his synthetic limb, neurological embodiment was achieved.
I hypothesized that because Jim can think and move his synthetic limb,
and because he can feel those movements within his nervous system,
the prosthesis is no longer a separate tool, but an integral part of Jim, an integral part of his body.
Because of this neurological embodiment, Jim doesn't feel like a cyborg.
He feels like he just has his leg back, that he has his body back.
Now I'm often asked when I'm going to be neurally linked to my synthetic limbs bidirectionally, when I'm going to become a cyborg.
The truth is, I'm hesitant to become a cyborg.
Before my legs were amputated, I was a terrible student. I got D's and often F's in school.
Then, after my limbs were amputated, I suddenly became an MIT professor.
Now I'm worried that once I'm neurally connected to my limbs once again, my brain will remap back to its not-so-bright self.
But you know what, that's OK, because at MIT, I already have tenure.