Just thought I’d quickly post something a little more uplifting than the usual dystopian gloom (forgive the irritating lack of embedding):
Matthew Green – having suffered heart failure and awaiting a transplant – is said to be the first person in the UK able to leave hospital thanks to this plastic heart (below); apparently the technology has already been used in the US and other places around the world but this surely marks a significant step towards making it a readily available solution to those who need it most.
It’s been plastered all over the news today and while I couldn’t ignore the general relevance, it also presents a refreshingly optimistic instance of technology bettering – rather than blighting – humankind. With my comic’s main theme being focused upon how we humanize this technology rather than how technology dehumanizes us, it’s good to see support of the idea in reality.
It’s far from self-sufficient given the external apparatus and is clearly intended as a short-term measure, but there’s no denying that this man’s quality of life has been drastically improved or even saved altogether by this remarkable prosthetic.