Extreme Bionics: This Man is Rebuilding Humanity

Dr. Hugh Herr is living proof that "extreme bionics" is no longer science fiction. The double amputee strode about a South by Southwest convention hall stage on two bionic limbs attached just below the knee — and if he weren't wearing suit shorts, the audience might never have known. Herr, who recently established the Center for Extreme Bionics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab said, "I think we will all be surprised at the speed at which bionics occurs in this century." Last year, Herr gained national recognition when his team constructed a special bionic limb to help a Boston Bombing victim dance again.