The Right Hand of Luke Skywalker
2013 is already bearing witness to two major technological revolutions in the fields of robotics and neuroscience. As if these fields aren't badass enough separately, it turns out that when they join forces they can make prosthetics that rival the replacement hand Luke Skywalker sports at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. This week, researchers in Switzerland announced that they have engineered a hand that it can be both controlled via thought and give the recipient real feeling through its skin sensors. Soon we'll be designing body parts that are better than the original. Cyborg society, here we come!