March 30, 2016
(Quartz) – Governing bodies of pretty much every sport in the world generally consider it an unfair advantage for athletes to ameliorate themselves in any way. But what if that was the whole fun of the sport? Researchers at ETH Zurich, a Swiss technical university, plan to host a “cyborg Olympics” in Zurich this October to find out. But before you start thinking about robotically enhanced superhumans crushing soccer balls, shot-puts and sprint races: The university’s games will actually be open to disabled people that use an electronic prosthetic to complete daily tasks that the able-bodied take for granted.
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