MIT researcher discusses the future of bionics

Hugh Herr, head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, takes to the Ted talks stage to explore the future uses of bionics for people with physical disabilities. Herr, who lost his lower legs in a climbing incident thirty years ago, explains and demonstrates exactly how bionics function. He is not alone in demonstrating the success of bionic technology; Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, joins him onstage for her first performance since the terrorist attack.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.