Prosthetics, Brain Implants and the Future Human
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Technologies to help the physically and mentally disabled are advancing fast. Will they be made available to "able-bodied" people as well? Do we want to develop into a super-species that lives forever? If it's possible, is it inevitable? Also, President Obama addresses the economy and leaks of classified information. On Reporter's Notebook, racism and world-class soccer players in Eastern Europe.
Banner image: A prosthetic leg rests near a bicycle as US soldiers wounded in combat gather for the start of the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House April 28, 2010 in Washington, DC.Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
Obama Addresses Economy, Leaks of Classified Information ()
President Obama held a news conference about the economy today, chiding Congress for its failure to act on measures designed to improve growth. But reporters also wanted to know about recent reports of his "kill list" for drone attacks and cyberwarfare against Iran. John McCain and others have suggested that deliberate leaks from the White House itself were intended to make him look tough on national security, a response the President characterized as "offensive." David Lightman reports from Washington for the McClatchy Newspapers.
Will Today's Disability Be Tomorrow's Super-ability? ()
Prosthetic devices have reached the point where they don't just help people in need. They can make them as fit -- or fitter -- than everyone else. South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, an amputee with question-mark-shaped carbon fiber prosthetics below his knees, may qualify for this summer's Olympic Games. Is that fair to competing runners? Neural implants are helping to cure mental deficiencies. Will they also be used to enhance the functions of "normal" brains? How long will it be before human beings can decide to transcend biology? What are the practical obstacles and the ethical issues?
- Daniel Wilson: Carnegie Mellon University, @danielwilsonpdx
- Marc Rigas: National Science Foundation, @mrigas
- Ray Kurzweil: inventor, futurist and author
- Peter Schwartz: Indiana University Center for Bioethics
The Euro Cup and Racism ()
The European soccer championship, Euro 2012, is being hosted by Poland and Ukraine, starting today. Ukraine, especially, hoped to make it a showcase 26 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. But concerns about racism are keeping the families of black players from even attending. Club soccer at the top level in Europe is increasingly inclusive, with players from different nations, ethnicities and racial groups joining the best teams. UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, is accused of ignoring the issue. Barry Glendenning, Deputy Sports Editor for Britain's Guardian newspaper, is live-blogging today's opening games in Warsaw.
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