Robotics and Optimism

Jonathan Strickland

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I'm the first to admit that I'm snarky, sarcastic and goofy. But I'm also honestly optimistic about the future. Much of that is because I've seen some great stories come out of what was first a tragic set of circumstances. That's the case with Aimee Copeland.

Miss Copeland suffered an injury while going on a zip-lining adventure. The injury led to a battle with flesh-eating bacteria, which ultimately required Copeland to have a leg and both her hands amputated. I can't imagine how tough it was for her to go through all that.

Today, Copeland has a new set of hands courtesy of a company called Touch Bionics. Normally, these hands would cost around $100,000 but the company gifted them to Copeland free of charge.

Now, I don't expect tech companies to display altruistic behavior for every person who would benefit from their products. But I find it encouraging that human ingenuity has led us to this point. To me, it's a glimpse at the genius that can help create a better life for everyone through innovation and engineering.