I believe the reach of NeuroEmbodied Design will extend far beyond limb replacement
and will carry humanity into realms that fundamentally redefine human potential.
In this 21st century, designers will extend the nervous system into powerfully strong exoskeletons
that humans can control and feel with their minds.
Muscles within the body can be reconfigured for the control of powerful motors,
and to feel and sense exoskeletal movements, augmenting humans' strength, jumping height and running speed.
In this 21st century, I believe humans will become superheroes.
Humans may also extend their bodies into non-anthropomorphic structures, such as wings,
controlling and feeling each wing movement within the nervous system.
Leonardo da Vinci said, "When once you have tasted flight,
you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return."
During the twilight years of this century,
I believe humans will be unrecognizable in morphology and dynamics from what we are today.
Humanity will take flight and soar.
Jim Ewing fell to earth and was badly broken, but his eyes turned skyward, where he always longed to return.
After his accident, he not only dreamed to walk again, but also to return to his chosen sport of mountain climbing.
At MIT, Team Cyborg built Jim a specialized limb for the vertical world,
a brain-controlled leg with full position and movement sensations.
Using this technology, Jim returned to the Cayman Islands, the site of his accident,
rebuilt as a cyborg to climb skyward once again.