"On May 14, Austin Whitney walked across the stage to receive his diploma from UC Berkeley. Whitney is a paraplegic but was able to walk with the help of the “Austin” exoskeleton, a robotic suit being developed by Professor Homayoon Kazerooni at UC Berkeley’s Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory. The story has been widely covered by the media, as tales of high-tech gadgets for people with disabilities often are. But we need to pause and consider what it means, for people with disabilities and for prospects of human enhancement, to celebrate a device such as this. Whitney’s walk across stage prompted a standing ovation, but what exactly was being applauded?"
Read more from Emily Beitiks at Biopolitical Times.