One of the most inspirational scenes in the movies is the one in which a paralyzed patient painstakingly relearns how to walk. In real life, however, it’s often hard to find enough qualified therapists to provide timely rehabilitation. The solution may lie in robotics. With the help of neurophysiologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing a robotic stepper device that can speed rehabilitation of spinal cord and stroke patients. Taking the place of up to four therapists, the prototype treadmill device is equipped with robotic knee braces that attach to a patient’s legs. Sensors continuously monitor 24 distinct data elements, such as force, speed, resistance, and number of steps. These measurements help therapists evaluate progress and adjust the stepper device accordingly. The experimental device could enter clinical trials at UCLA within three years.
The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus
The first transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human may have ended prematurely because of a well-known—and avoidable—risk.
Meta has built a massive new language AI—and it’s giving it away for free
Facebook’s parent company is inviting researchers to pore over and pick apart the flaws in its version of GPT-3
Saudi Arabia plans to spend $1 billion a year discovering treatments to slow aging
The oil kingdom fears that its population is aging at an accelerated rate and hopes to test drugs to reverse the problem. First up might be the diabetes drug metformin.
The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images
Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.
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