There are many ways in which to build new bodies across scale, from the biomolecular to the scale of tissues and organs.
Today, I want to talk about one area of NeuroEmbodied Design,
in which the body's tissues are manipulated and sculpted using surgical and regenerative processes.
The current amputation paradigm hasn't changed fundamentally since the US Civil War
and has grown obsolete in light of dramatic advancements in actuators, control systems and neural interfacing technologies.
A major deficiency is the lack of dynamic muscle interactions for control and proprioception.
What is proprioception? When you flex your ankle, muscles in the front of your leg contract,
simultaneously stretching muscles in the back of your leg.
The opposite happens when you extend your ankle.
Here, muscles in the back of your leg contract, stretching muscles in the front.
When these muscles flex and extend, biological sensors within the muscle tendons send information through nerves to the brain.
This is how we're able to feel where our feet are without seeing them with our eyes.