The technology of bionics is advancing rapidly, restoring sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. We look at its commercial applications and ask where it will all lead.
The technology of bionics is advancing rapidly. We look at its commercial applications and ask where it will all lead. The BBC's Laurence Knight reports from a hospital in England that successfully restored sight to a blind person by using electronic implants. Also, Professor John Donoghue of the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuro-engineering in Geneva, Switzerland, tells presenter Manuela Saragosa about how chips may one day be able to listen to your thoughts, and Ramez Naam, a former Microsoft executive turned science fiction novelist, explains why in future the distinction between what is human and what is machine may become ever more blurred.
(Photo: A patient with a bionic arm, Credit: Getty Images)