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Greenlit: Frankenstein: Building the Bionic Human, Channel 4

Frankenstein: Building the Bionic Human –  Scientists have long dreamt of creating an artificial human, while – for just as long – there have been warnings about the potential consequences.This summer’s Paralympics demonstrated just how far modern technology has come in its ability to replace body parts and even improve abilities, while developments in regenerative medicine, robotics and artificial intelligence are advancing at dizzying speeds.

Now, for the first time, this science documentary brings together a team of robotics experts to attempt to build a complete human body. The experiment is using $1 million-worth of cutting edge limbs and organs borrowed from some of the world’s leading research centres and manufacturers.

Psychologist Bertolt Meyer, who has a bionic hand himself, wants to find out how close bio-technology is to catching up with – and even surpassing – nature, exploring the technologies at the forefront of bionics and investigating their potential impact on our future.

Channel: Channel 4

Producer: Darlow Smithson

TX: Early 2013

Source: Channel 4 press release

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