Cyborg technology could end human disability by 2064

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Neural interfaces and prosthetics will do away with human disabilities.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it and that is exactly what Hugh Herr has done.  At the age of 17, Herr was an accomplished mountaineer, but during an ice-climbing expedition he lost his way in a blizzard and was stranded on a mountainside for three days. By the time rescuers found him, both of his legs were frostbitten and had to be amputated below the knee. Once his scars healed, Herr spent months in rehab rooms trying out prosthetic legs, but he found them unacceptable: How could he climb with such clunky things? Surely, he thought, medical technologists could build replacement parts that wouldn’t slow him down.

 

 

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Education better equips the brain to recover from traumatic injury

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Higher levels of education correlate with cognitive reserve.

Having a little education goes a long way toward ensuring you’ll recover from a serious traumatic brain injury. In fact, people with lots of education are seven times more likely than high school dropouts to have no measurable disability a year later.

 

 

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The startling rise in disability in the US: 14 million Americans can’t work

Every month, 14 million Americans get a disability check.

The number of Americans who are on disability has skyrocketed in the past thirty years. Medical advances have allowed many more people to remain on the job, and new laws have banned workplace discrimination against the disabled, but disability is still on the rise. Fourteen million people now get a disability check from the government every month.

 

 

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