A TED talk about bionic limbs has been making waves through the internet. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a testament to the work being done for amputees. Where at the end of the talk a victim from the Boston marathon, who had her lower leg amputated, comes on stage and dances.
Amazing stuff. Well, most of it.
Something I’ve noticed in the research world is how often researchers attempt to generalize their work. Where they’ve done some great stuff, often in a specific niche, but then think it will be great for everyone. Like where you do some great work with amputees, and then think it will work great with non-amputees. (I wrote about a mathematician doing this here.)
I think the health arena is unique in this regard. You don’t see doctors trying to be computer programmers, but for some reason you see too many…
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