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March 26th, 2008
An article in Scientific American titled "Scientists Set Sights on an Implantable Prosthetic for the Blind" tells about a Boston neuroscientist who is "developing a device that may someday help the blind by sending images directly to the brain."
That's an extraordinary advance, and seems certain to be just the first step toward near-miraculous prosthetic implants that someday soon not only will allow the blind to see, but could restore healthy function to all manner of disabled people.
Maybe now is the time for more large-scale discussion of such questions to begin. With medical technology progressing so rapidly, and—looming over the horizon—with nanomedicine, which could make all other implant therapies look like child's play, we really need to get people thinking about the new world that shortly awaits us.
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