Bionic athletes and the future of sports

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bionic_athelete.jpgESPN The Magazine‘s April 23 cover story takes a look at the future of sports — a world where prosthetics can enhance athletic skill beyond current human capabilities:

The prosthetic-enhanced athlete will be able to run faster, jump higher and pitch harder than mere mortals. From an idea lab at MIT to a prosthetic design company in Iceland to amputees who see no limits to what their bodies can attain, […] technology will change the way we think about what is possible for the human body to achieve.

The article is a great complement to Dean Kamen‘s 2007 TEDTalk, which offers a preview of an extraordinary prosthetic arm and a perspective on the hope it gives to maimed soldiers.