The Six Million Dollar Man's Cyborg Surgery, Adjusted for Today's Dollar

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Back in 1974, astronaut Steve Austin, gravely injured in a crash, was given a new arm, two new legs and one new eye in the iconic show The Six Million Dollar Man. But what would such cyborg reconstruction cost today?

Last May, CNN Money estimated that due to inflation, that $6 million surgery would cost slightly over $26 million. But obviously the surgery in the original TV show wasn't quite medically accurate, and creating those bionic parts from scratch would actually cost somewhere between $50 and 100 million today—although after one successful prototype is completed, it could cost far less.

However, CNN Money posted this article in May 2008, before the world economy exploded. My learned estimate for how much the Six Million Dollar Man's surgery would cost today? Twelve bucks, and a hoagie. [CNN]


This week, Gizmodo is exploring the enhanced human future in a segment we call This Cyborg Life. It's about what happens when we treat our body less as a sacred object and more as what it is: Nature's ultimate machine.

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Here's a question to all:

As we grow closer to the day where this is possible, would you trade your fully functioning parts to be bionic? #thiscyborglife