So as you know, I talk about robotics and AI Technology a lot on this blog. You also know I’m very cynical of this kind of computer technology. This Ted Talk explains why. But I saw some footage that might change my mind. Let’s talk about robotics’ good side: Can they heal?
So robotics company Ekso Bionics provides us with this potential breakthrough. They build Exoskeleton robots and other devices. The CEO is Max Scheder-Bieschin. First, I love the faith in his product, saying what smartphones were like 10 years ago. Now look at them today. Then he says 10 years from now, exoskeleton technology will be just as big. Furthermore, Ekso Bionics always had our armed forces in mind.
At first, Esko was about helping soldiers carry weight. Then a Navy Seal became injured. In fact, his injury paralyzed both arms and legs. This changed Bieschin’s goal to helping this man and other injured veterans get their movements back. Then there is Darrell Musick. He’s a physical therapist and an Esko VP. He says their exoskeleton technology helps patients get upright a lot faster. They have over 300 patents. They also say all their technology is getting better, from the electronics, senors, to even their cloud technology.
But you know what impressed me though? The patients they treat. Watching them get up and walk with the help of this kind of IT support. The exoskeleton wraps around their limbs. Then, they get up and can move, get up and even walk. That’s awesome. That is what I mean by robotics’ good side. Personally, what Esko Bionics is doing inspires me. To use robotic technology to help our soldiers is very honorable. I can only hope they can help all people dealing with paralysis. So this story somewhat changes my opinion of robotics… kinda….sorta.
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