Hugh Herr isn’t just
developing smarter, more capable bionic limbs. He’s redefining human potential
and designing a world in which technology erases disability. More than the
preeminent expert and technologist in his field, Herr is a living inspiration.
His TED talk, which ended with a standing ovation and was viewed nearly
seven million times, is a shining example of Herr’s ability to lift the hearts
and minds of audiences across professions.
When technology meets
biology, the interface is rarely flawless; the devices often hinder the bodies
they’re designed to help. Herr, a renowned engineer and biophysicist who lost
both legs in a climbing incident more than 30 years ago, believes technologists
can, and must, do better. Today, as leader of MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics
Group, he’s building the next generation of robotic prosthetics, sophisticated
devices that aid human movement by mimicking nature. Coined “Leader of the
Bionic Age” by TIME, Herr and
his team are translating tricks the human body uses to move more efficiently
into the science and technology that not only restores function to those who’ve
lost it, but also enhances and extends their capabilities.
Herr’s gripping story
has been told in a National Geographic film, Ascent:
The Story of Hugh Herr, as well as in episodes and articles featured
in CNN, The
Economist, Discover, and Nature.
A popular CALPELRA tradition presented by CALPELRA's M. Carol Stevens, the Legal Trends session is an annual, substantive analysis of the past year’s legal decisions impacting California’s public agencies. Carol will provide a road map for moving together toward tomorrow by identifying risks, helping you avoid the mistakes others have made, and recommending practical solutions for implementing new legal standards.