BIONIC EYE GIVES WOMAN THE POWER OF SIGHT BUT NOTHING ELSE REALLY
September 1 2012
Sydney, Australia – For, well, for a few years anyway people have imagine, both out of fear and excitement, a time when man and machine would eventually be fused into one. That time, it appears, is getting closer to reality.
While we are still a good amount of time away from the fantasy of bionic men where we are granted what would essentially be considered superpowers by our standards, advances in biotechnology have already allowed many people to do things that would have been impossible even a few decades ago.
Whether that is cochlear implants for the hearing impaired or mechanical arms for the disabled, advances are now starting to repair the problems of everyday life, advances that, may eventually lead to super-powered technology that could allow us to do amazing things. For Dianne Ashworth that has already been accomplished, at least by her standards, after being equipped with a bionic eye that allows her to see flashes of light similar to what normal people are able to see without any trouble at all. Thus far, at least, Ashworth’s vision is still limited be eventually doctors are optimistic about her chances to regain full vision and potentially other attributes such as heat ray, x-ray sight, lasers because everone loves lasers.
"The device electrically stimulates the retina. Electrical impulses are passed through the device, which then stimulate the retina. Those impulses then pass back to the brain,” said Dr. Penny Allen who helped create the mechanical hybrid. “Di is the first patient of three with this prototype device, the next step is analyzing the visual information that we are getting from the stimulation.”
At best, Allen stated, Ashworth will end up with full vision in black and white though that may be just to throw us off the trail.
It’s not yet clear what type of things Ashworth will actually do with her bionic eye, good or evil.
“Someday way in the future mechanical implants may be as common place as eyeglasses are today but that is a long ways away, both in terms of technology and in terms of public acceptance. Right now people with such implants are considered freaks or, if people are feeling charitable, just objects of fascination but they certainly are not normal,” said Scrape TV Medical analyst Dr. Phillip Waites. “I’m sure they hope one day they will be considered normal and really we should try to treat them that way, particularly once their mechanical hybrid bodies start becoming more powerful than our own regular fleshy ones because we really don’t want to anger them.”
Across the world approximately 39 million people are blind which gives the sighted a serious numbers advantage even against lasers.
“This particular patient may be a good person but out of 39 million people there certainly have to be a few bitter and angry people, if we will even be able to call them that anymore, and if we continue to ostracize and mistreat them they will surely end up taking revenge on all us normal people,” continued Waites. “Heck, they could become so sophisticated that we might not even be able to see them coming. They will strike in the night when we are blind and they can see better than ever, burning doing our homes with their heat vision and destroying everyone we love and care about. Either we deal with that now or we kill them before they get out of control.”
It’s not clear when the blind will develop lasers but it could happen at anytime.
Lauren Hebert, Health Correspondent