The black and blue hand may allow the guy to do a wrist 360, he cannot manipulate a steering wheel properly with it. Organic limbs are pretty good at most things and that generalisation is where the artifical limbs fall down, they are specialist devices.
I'd rather make do with all-round, general purpose limbs than a bag full of specialist attachments.
Yeah, so far those specialized devices are necessary, climbing protheses, running spring protheses, because the current generalized generation is not durable or flexible enough. I cannot imagine they will stay clumsy and specific in use though. some 30years ago, and even today, most protheses wearers use dummy limbs still, maybe with a bit of technology to help balance. The lower leg protheses can already simulate a natural walk (even stairs), which is a major step forward. They can and will improve of that. More degrees of freedom, more flexible design. We're not yet outdone by cyberlimbs, but the day will come in not such a far off future.
I'm all for using bionics for medicinal/rehabilitative purposes, but for performance augmentation? I don't think thats right at all. I'm a big fan of progressive technology, but things that compromise our own humanity just for the sake of it are oubviously a bad idea. One of those ethical things, I guess. "Just because we can, should we?"
Should we? More like 'can we help it'. It's not like we can stop progress in any way, except politics cripple and ostracize public science for good. and even that would merely slow progress down. I really prefer the open approach, instead of hiding it all away behind a curtain and maybe one day end up having an ex-military-superhuman-cyborg-special-force patrolling the streets.
This is what i like about the discussion on transhumanism. We cannot prevent it. There's too many implications of what can be done. Drugs, genetical adjustments, supplements, artificial biological and bionical organs, cybernetik limbs and even regrown or cultivated body parts. The only thing we can do at this point is deciding how it will be used, which path were going to take.
I'd say this outcome, or maybe this progression, was inevitable since our ancestors decided that just hunting and gathering wasn't quite it
. They started tossing the snowballs that turned into an avalanche of progress and development.