The life and times of the Technology Editor of Dental Products Report magazine and dentistry's "Technology Evangelist". Follow my thoughts and travels as I practice, write, lecture, tinker, and experiment with technology and technology in dentistry.
At some point, bionics like the six million dollar man, will become common place. Unfortunately, we're not there yet. However, science continues to make progress, bit by bit.
The most recent advance that I've come across is this one from Southern Methodist University and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Basically the scientists have developed fiber optics that can somehow deliver tactile sensation (touch) and the sensation of pressure to prosthetic limbs. While this isn't a true "cure" for those affected by the loss of limbs, it's definitely a step in the right direction.
To wrap up this post, here's a quote from one of those involved with the project:
"Science fiction writers have long imagined the day when the understanding and intuition of the human brain could be enhanced by the lightning speed of computing technologies. With this remarkable research initiative, we are truly beginning a journey into the future that will provide immeasurable benefits to humanity." - Dean Osark, SMU Lyle School of Engineering.
Practicing General Dentistry, Technology Editor Dental Products Report, author, lecturer, consultant to high tech and clinical manufacturers, Past President Greater Kansas City Dental Society, Peer Review Chairman - State of Missouri, I love getting my hands on and trying to break the latest gear!