Personal Manufacturing Units

Potential Reality in Virtual Prosthetics reminded me that Supplier Source and iShop point in the direction of one of the breakthrough ideas predicted for this year by Harvard Business Review they called Personal Manufacturing Units(PMU). reBangs post also reminds us of the essential human elements(enlightened self interest at a minimum) we need to face regardless of whether someone is strictly biological

Imagine all the brilliant minds locked up in bodies that can’t express themselves. We shouldn’t be doing this for altruistic reasons, but because people who might need this sort of interface to effectively communicate with the world can potentially contribute so much to it.

When another Stephen Hawking is discovered using such technologies, hopefully the world will take some notice. So far we’re not doing a very good job noticing the one’s that don’t really require any technology; just tolerance, some compassion and an opportunity.

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