The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year in a pioneering operation that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception.
The patient is an unnamed man in his 20s living in Rome who lost the lower part of his arm following an accident, said Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
The wiring of his new bionic hand will be connected to the patient’s nervous system with the hope that the man will be able to control the movements of the hand as well as receiving touch signals from the hand’s skin sensors.
Dr Micera said that the hand will be attached directly to the patient’s nervous system via electrodes clipped onto two of the arm’s main nerves, the median and the ulnar nerves.
This should allow the man to control the hand by his thoughts, as well as receiving sensory signals to his brain from the hand’s sensors. It will effectively provide a fast, bidirectional flow of information between the man’s nervous system and the prosthetic hand.
“This is real progress, real hope for amputees. It will be the first prosthetic that will provide real-time sensory feedback for grasping,” Dr Micera said.
“It is clear that the more sensory feeling an amputee has, the more likely you will get full acceptance of that limb,” he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston.
“We could be on the cusp of providing new and more effective clinical solutions to amputees in the next year,” he said.
DO YOU PEOPLE EVEN REALIZE HOW AWESOME THIS IS???
TO DO THIS MEANS WE CAN FINALLY STITCH AXONS (LONG PART OF NEURON OR NERVE CELL THAT TRANSPORTS SIGNALS FROM JUNCTIONS BACK TO THE BRAIN) BACK TOGETHER
DO YOU EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW IMPOSSIBLE THAT WAS? TO ALIGN THE DAMAGED AXONS BACK TOGETHER WAS IMPOSSIBLE
WITH THIS BREAK THROUGH YOU COULD EVENTUALLY WORK UP TO GIVING THE ABILITY TO WALK AND MOVE AGAIN TO THOSE WHO CUT THEIR SPINAL CORD IN AN ACCIDENT THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
THIS. IS. AMAZING.
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I’d tell your friend they need to take a long term view. You can’t just think about the last month, in which a lot of our attention has been rightly focused on antiblack police brutality, think about the last fifty years and then the next fifty years. I hate to keep repeating this point, but activism is not like a video game or a bank account, where you can expect to put in a certain amount of time/effort/money/attention and get a predictable return on your investment.
Your friend needs to also be realistic about the fact that there are three times as many African-Americans in the United States as Asian-Americans, and they’re a much more cohesive group in terms of language, religion and community, whereas Asian-American groups are more separated and fragmented. A lot of this cohesiveness when speaking has to do with the effects of racial segregation, which hasn’t hit Asian-Americans nearly as hard in the last fifty years. These are historic facts, not things to be jealous or resentful about. And many Asian-Americans would disagree with your friend, because activism is about way more than clickthroughs, and if you look to see who’s supporting our issues on a daily basis, you’ll see a hell of a lot of African-Americans, and we need to recognize that.
PoC solidarity is strategic, but it’s not just “tit for tat”—that’s really petty. Would your friend want African-Americans to generalize us based on our most apathetic and hostile representatives?
Plus, if you stop supporting black people, that’s exactly what racist white people want.
In short, your friend is totally wrong, and needs to take a deep breath, a step back and think a lot harder.
Koreaboo: kEKEKEKE I am wearing this hanbok not to a festival or an event but to school and grocery shopping and walking the dog unnie and the gym because I love Korean culture and Koreans and Kpop and kimchi omona I just respect it so much and admire it so much kekeke
Me: Uuh, okay.. I am Korean though and you shouldn’t wear a hanbok like that, it’s not a costume or something to wear to school so you stand out and seem exotic, you should really know that if you respect Korea-
Koreaboo: OH SO A WHITE PERSON HYUNG CAN’T WEAR A HANBOK NOW SO NOW ITS ILLEGAL TO WEAR CLOTHING OR LISTEN TO KPOP OR EAT KIMCHI OR DRIVE A KIA FUCK YOU I’LL DO WHAT I WANT I’M GOING TO WEAR A BINDI AND A HANBOK AND A BURQA ALL AT ONCE AND A KIMONO AND GO BELLY DANCING AND GET DREADS BECAUSE I LOVE KOREAN CULTURE FUCK YOU CHINK CHINK YOU’RE NOT EVEN KOREAN CHINK LOL CHINK FUCK SJW LOL LIL SJW THINGS CHINK CHINK OMO KEKE
Personal discrimination against white people exists. But racism is systemic and white supremacy makes for a skewed power imbalance in which white people do not face institutionalized oppression based on their race.
Whenever I see a question like this on the Internet, I tend to see the “racism is systemic” explanation go over people’s heads. I would like to offer an extension of this explanation. I, like many people, was taught in school that racism is either believing your own race to be superior or hating individuals of other races. Using these definitions and not considering historical (or present) context, one can certainly argue that racism goes both ways.
However, context is everything, so let’s consider it. It is true that more and more people have friendships or otherwise positive relationships with people of different races. For this reason, I think that, when many white people hear someone accuse their actions as being racist, they think, “That’s ridiculous, how can I hate my friends?” Further, compared to earlier times, it is becoming rarer for people to publicly announce that they hate someone of a particular race or that they think their own race is superior. If you were to consider this and only this, you might come to the conclusion that there’s no more racism or that it’s on its way out.
But if there’s no racism, why are people with whose names imply that they are white (e.g. Steve Jones) more likely to be called back for job interviews than people whose names imply that they are POC (e.g. Tahani Tompkins), even when they have similar credentials? x x
Why are white people less likely to see films where the majority of the cast consists of black people or other POC? x
Why are all-white juries more likely to convict black defendants to jail time than to convict white defendants, even when they’ve committed similar crimes? x
Why are black people twice as likely as white people to be born prematurely or with a low birthrate, even when controlling for education and socioeconomic class? x
Why are any of the phenomena described in these charts taking place? x
These are just a few examples of modern-day racism. If racism against white people existed, that would mean that people of color would have sufficient control of institutions like the media, the school and university systems, the medical systems, and the government to oppress white people. We do not have that power. White people do. Even if they truly don’t hate or see themselves as superior to POCs, white people as a group have benefits that POCs as a group do not have.
I think this ask would have been 200% less irritating without the last two questions so I’m just going to ignore them. Yes, in that ask I do mean actively participating in white supremacy, which most white people (this includes white women) do. For some reason, lots of feminist white women seem to think that their gender oppression negates their white privilege. It doesn’t. White women have proved over the centuries that they are just as capable of racism as white men.
Yes, it’s definitely imperialist and racist. However, many things in life are, so I’d suggest thinking about the issue in terms of harm reduction, like engaging in sustainable eco-tourism that benefits local communities and doesn’t degrade their physical environment or their cultural identity.
Since Japan is a fairly well-off country today, Japanese companies are also complicit in highly exploitational tourism practices, mainly in the South Pacific, at the same as Japan is a major tourist destination itself, so the picture’s pretty complicated.
Japan is fetishized to a ridiculous degree, but it’s actually not a very popular place for white people to emigrate to. There’s a big language difference and the price of living is really high. Most white people stay there only on a very temporary basis, like a few years in the military on an army base, or teaching English.
The most popular emigration destination for US white people is Mexico, by far. Many older people retire there, creating totally non-Spanish-speaking obnoxious expatriate communities where they can take advantage of the much lower cost of living, have Mexican servants, etc. (an impossible lifestyle in Japan unless you’re a millionaire).
stop using people of color as google 2k14
No you don’t understand, probably because your white. I’ll try to spell it out to you. We do NOT want white privilege, we do NOT want to utterly subjugate and dehumanize others for our own gain, mostly because we know what that is like. We want white supremacy ended, now.
White people are not even remotely close to experiencing what people of color have experienced since you guys decided slavery and colonization was the way to go.
Tumblr users are…
- 50% more likely to go to a political rally
- 2.2 times more likely to advise others on current events and politics
- 108% more likely to be registered to vote
I remixed this slide from a presentation by Tumblr’s Liba Rubenstein (libawr).
But it’s all just slacktivism right?
I didn’t know about any rally’s until I saw posts about them on tumblr
Hello! I hope you’re having a nice long weekend. I hate to bother you with this, but it’s been worrying me for a long time now. I asked teanandfeminism about it and they suggested I ask you.
So my school, a community college, is doing a stage version of Rashomon, and my theatre department director, a middle-class straight white guy, who is also the director of the show, is insistent on setting the show in it’s original location and time period. That being said, our theatre department has about two Asian people, neither of whom are Japanese. My director has no problems casting white people in the show. His “color-blind” casting has actually been a good thing the past few semesters; every show last year starred a POC in a typically white-cast role, which was excellent! But increasing diversity in a normally white show is one thing, and this is another.
You see, in addition to having the whole cast (which as of a few days ago consists of 8 white people and a Vietnamese guy) wear period-appropriate Japanese clothing, he making everyone in the cast dye their hair black in order to “look more Asian.” He told me he would be doing this for this show last year and it wigged me out a little. Now I’ve just found out that he’s going to have the cast use makeup to change the shape of their eyes and I’m even more concerned. The traditional clothing I can understand, this being theatre and all, but the actual physical changing of one’s appearance to resemble another race makes me nervous.
My director won’t listen to me and anytime anyone else brings up concerns, he just laughs them off, thinking they’re just vain and don’t want to dye their hair. This isn’t yellowface and this man would never do something like that; he’s very open-minded and accepting. And he KNOWS it. You know how when members of majority groups know they’re more tolerant than others, they start thinking that they are like the spokespeople for the oppressed? He’s like that.
My parents tell me I’m overreacting and most other people I talk to about this don’t see a problem. I’m a middle-class white girl and it’s really not my place to decide what’s cultural appropriation and what isn’t, but I can’t help but take issue with my director’s choices. He could easily change the location of the story, or just not worry about making these white kids look Asian. He never went out of his way to make the POC in his other shows look white, after all. It might be historically inaccurate but this is Theatre! There’s a thing called suspension of disbelief.
Anyway, like I said, it isn’t my place to make a definite decision on this, and I know you probably have more important things to worry about, but I’m tearing myself up over this. Is what my director doing actually offensive, or am I really just overreacting?
(also, I want to mention that I am not cast in this show)
What the director is doing is definitely, definitely, definitely yellowface. It doesn’t make any sense to pretend, via dye and makeup, that the white actors are Asian—that defeats the whole point of the colorblind casting, anyway. The director is basically injecting yellowface and racial mockery of Asians into a work that doesn’t even have that in the first place!!!
I don’t think you’re overreacting.
I’d suggest reading more on the debates over The Mikado.
It’s an ethnic slur and it’s also a racial slur, unlike any words for Germans. People of Japanese descent don’t just get called that word—anyone who looks East Asian and is in the wrong place at the wrong time will get targeted. It’s also associated with institutionalized oppression against anyone of East Asian descent and especially Japanese-Americans, who fought FOR the United States in WWII. Finally, it’s associated with a kind of racial dehumanization that led to things like US soldiers taking human trophies (major trigger warning for images of death) of Japanese enemies when no such practice was widespread for white-European enemies in WWII.
It’s not equivalent, in any way whatsoever, to any German ethnic slur in English.
That shit blew my mind and made understanding cultural appropriation way clearer for me.
i love when anti SJ people make posts on blogs like the-unpopular-opinions like “nounself pronouns r bad nd harm the trans*genderedededededed” or “i dont think bindis r appropriation”
this may come as a shock to you but your opinion is not unpopular and you are about as edgy as wet toilet paper