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"Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported." A cautionary tale.

More than 350 blind ppl around the world have Second Sight’s implants in their eyes, after the company files for bankruptcy they find themselves in a world in which the technology that transformed their lives is just another obsolete gadget. One technical hiccup and they lose their artificial vision, possibly forever. The gadget also interferes with MRI scans and is expensive/difficult to remove.

spectrum.ieee.org/bionic-eye-o

@rek this reminds me of Jillian Hesse's essay "Common Cyborg." I think about it all the time https://granta.com/common-cyborg/

@rek this is kinda horrifying. Providers of active implants should be required to place code and schematics in escrow with health authorities in case of events like this!

@rek @catbuttes for that kind of cases all should go to open source & open hardware.

@catbuttes @rek Exactly. This is like a nightmare. Gods, those poor people.

@rek Reminds me of assistive technologies like braille terminals, with costs in the four digits.

There should be some kind of charity funding for companies creating health devices.

Or ideally: Public funding in return for open software/hardware.

@rek I wish this was cyberpunk fiction rather than true.

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