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Who really needs technology?

Look around, besides the screen you're staring at I bet there are at least two more item around you that are considered as ''Modern Technology''. Ever wondered why you bought it ? The answer might be might be that you need it for work, it's very usable or you simply like it. What I know for sure, is that the reason you were able to buy it is basic economics of supply and demand. I like my toast Sunday mornings but if I was the only one, a toaster wouldn't be accessible and normal thing to buy. For a person who suffered a physical trauma and because of it lost an arm or leg, amazing progress is made in the area of prosthetics, It's called Bionics.

''The Stuff of life meets machine - Todd Kuiken''

One of the people leading the way is Hugh Herr who gave a amazing Ted talk and is head of the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab. Inspired by nature's own designs he designs Bionic limbs that are stronger, faster and more efficient. ''Towards the end of disability'' .

These new architectural innovations in the field of Bionics creates possibilities and has enormous impact in the lives of disabled people, who get the ability back of normal movement. This is a huge step in gaining acces in and contributing is in todays society. It even opens up possibilities for non disabled people whereas sometimes Bionics are more capable of doing thing instead of our natural limbs.   

What I especially like about this new technology finally reaching smaller groups, is the happiness and joy it brings to people. Another example is David Sengeh's way of enhancing prosthetic attachment using a 3D printer. They both got in common that these technological innovations feel useful and empower Quality of life, while it fulfills the gap in physical disability and provides more ways to social wellbeing, activities and development. Instead of having a new smartphone or tablet every year this technology makes wishes and dreams of the less fortunate people come true. It has profound impact in their lives as they are able to do more and be independent. The thought I want to leave behind is that we should also promote innovation in areas where it's not always commercial viable but where happiness and usefulness can be guaranteed.