John LaRocco is Head of Engineering at Humai Tech, a company that's seeking to create a bionic body and synthetic organs. John's areas of research interest include neuroengineering, brain computer interface (BCI), prosthetics, additive manufacturing, sports biomechanics, 3D printed weapons forensics, digital currencies, synthetic organisms, and historical technology. He has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from The College of New Jersey, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rowan University.John and Jason discuss the upcoming head transplant, the progress toward synthetic organs, what a bionic body could mean for humanity and more.Key Takeaways:[2:03] The preparation for the first human head transplant[3:24] Head transplants on monkeys were being done in the 60s[3:39] The applicatoins of head transplants are broader than you might think[6:04] The difference between a monkey head transplant and a human head transplant[7:23] How creating a synthetic body for heads to be transplanted onto differs from singularity[9:21] Why John having an electric engineering background is important[11:41] Why a transplanted head is much easier than a transplanted brain[14:12] The practical application of John's research moving forward[16:30] The quest to optimize systems for output[17:49] How human reaction time could be sped up with prosthetics[19:49] The future of human transplants and the impact it will have on our lives
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