Bionic man debuts at Smithsonian (From our “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” file)

The bionic man is no longer the stuff of comic books and television shows. Instead, an operating robot with a human face and artificial body parts is now on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Reportedly the culmination of decades of research, the 6-foot tall robot has been constructed entirely from bionic body parts and synthetic organs on loan from biomedical innovators, and features a complete and fully-functional circulatory system. The robot has artificial intelligence capacity similar to the Siri application on Apple’s iPhone, and is controlled from a remote computer via Bluetooth wireless connections.

Assembly of the bionic man began more than a year ago in August 2012, and the completed robot made its debut at New York’s Comic Con convention in October 2013. It will be on display at the Smithsonian through December 2013.