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Nigel Ackland claims he is an ordinary man. But, after seeing the emotional impact he had on the audience at GF2045, I have to disagree with him. His speech titled Ordinary… Extraordinary. Life with a Bionic Arm was in my view by far the most moving of all the conference presentations. And so, I knew instantly that I have to interview Nigel on my Singularity 1 on 1 podcast.
During my conversation with Ackland, we cover a variety of interesting topics such as Nigel’s traumatic accident and consequent depression; the crude prosthesis he had to struggle with and the fortunate connection with RSL Steeper; his bebionic hand – the cost, availability, and operation thereof; why the major benefits of his bionic arm are psychological; the impact and importance of shaking hands; why and how the Paralympic games may become more interesting than the Olympics; whether people will eventually volunteer to get advanced prosthetics to enhance their abilities; why sensory feedback is necessary for full functionality…
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Nigel Ackland on life with RSLSteeper bebionic arm:
Having a bionic arm is like being human again. Psychologically I wouldn’t be without it. I can hold the phone, shake hands and wash my left hand normally. I’m back to being a two-finger typist and can even do hand signals. Not particularly functional, but the psychological benefit is immense! It has had a great impact on my life: not only does it look more like a human hand but it also functions more like a human hand.