The world’s first cyborg Olympics are happening in Zurich this Fall

The world’s first cyborg Olympics are happening in Zurich this Fall
ETH Cybathlon rehearsal at the Swiss Arena in Kloten, Switzerland, July 14th 2015. (ETH/Alessandro Della Bella)

A group of scientists in Europe want to know if electronically enhanced humans have an unfair advantage over regular people beyond night vision and a skeleton made of steel of course.

The cyborg Olympics, or Cybathlon as it has been dubbed, will take place in Zurich this October.

Its aim is to measure the performance of the latest developments in technology that helps people with disabilities complete daily tasks.

Unlike the regular Olympics, in which athletes with enhancements are considered to have an unfair advantage, at the Cybathlon, these mods are to be encouraged.

For competitors with prosthetic arms, contests include slicing loaves of bread and opening jars of jam.

Other events include people climbing stairs or walking across stepping-stones.

The event is being organized by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

The event was created as a way to spur innovation in an industry where few eligible for prostheses actually use them.

A trial run took place last year and appeared to be a resounding success.

It’s hoped that if people are interested, the next Cybathlon could take place in Tokyo to coincide with the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

The first cyborg Olympics is coming to Switzerland in October on Quartz.


Source – TNW