This is our superhuman future

It is turkey day, AKA Thanksgiving. You have given thanks and stuffed your guts with bird and potatoes. Now your family is split — much like our great country — over what to do next. Some people want to sit through a three-hour beer advertisement masquerading as a sporting event, ostensibly so they can nap. Others want to look at social media, where everyone you know and love has spent the last three weeks posting things they would never dream of saying out loud to another human being. You want to do something else. Something that is both entertaining and enriching, inspiring and informative.

May we suggest our Superhuman series? Co-distributed by Upworthy, Superhuman has taken millions of viewers on an exciting journey to the forefront of medicine where incredible advances in medical technology are making the present look more like a (good) sci-fi depiction of the future.

Let’s start with Lysogene, the revolutionary medical therapy that could show us how to cure diseases we once thought were incurable:

Want to know more? Check out our expanded article on the phone call that turned Karen Aiach’s world upside down, and the evolution of gene therapy research.

Then you’re going to want to watch our episode about OpenBCI, the mail-order, 3D-printed headset that can read your brainwaves.

After that, it’s on to the crazy world of super advanced bionic prosthetics:

Are we done? We are not, thankfully! Round out your post-turkey relaxation sesh with the incredible story of the stem cell injections that restored Vanna’s vision:

This bionic hand is fused to a woman’s bones, muscles, and nerves
A new way of merging the body with a bionic hand provided a woman with more control over her prosthetic and less phantom limb pain.
Adding spider DNA to silkworms creates silk stronger than Kevlar
Spider silk is strong and tough, but hard to farm. Silkworm silk is easy to farm, but not that strong. What if we could combine the two?
Brain-computer interfaces could let soldiers control weapons with their thoughts
Brain-computer interfaces raise many ethical questions about how and whether they should be used for certain applications — including war.
New “biohybrid” machines weave electronics with living cells
By combining combine genetic and electrical engineering, scientists have developed a new technique for wiring electronics into living matter.
New VR body suit lets you see inside your body while you exercise 
A system for monitoring motion and muscle engagement could aid the elderly and athletes during physical rehabilitation.
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