The Eradication of Disability as an Input to Technological Growth

News is circling today that two British patients have had partial success with electronic retina implants restoring sight to the blind. This got me thinking about the steady progress of aids for the disabled. As cochlear implants, retinal implants, and thought-controlled prostheses continue to improve, people who would previously not have had the chance to make large contributions to society will be able to do so. Stephen Hawking is a good example of a disabled person who, aided by technology, has made a singular achievement in his field. Imagine if just one or two more such people are enabled by better technology to pursue their passions.

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