Scientists Near Augmenting Human Bodies With Extra Limbs

Attendees take pictures and interact with the Engineered Arts Ameca humanoid robot with artificial intelligence as it is demonstrated during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 5, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Is augmenting human bodies with robotic parts something we can look forward to? Scientists in a new piece from The Guardian seem to think so.

“If you want an extra arm while you’re cooking in the kitchen so you can stir the soup while chopping the vegetables, you might have the option to wear and independently control an extra robotic arm,” Tamar Makin, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Cambridge University, told the newspaper.

An existing example of this technology unlocking the human body’s potential to wrangle tasks too daunting for the merely four-limbed and twenty-digited human? An extra thumb.