Hugh Herr: New Bionics That Let Us Run, Climb, & Dance | TED

Hugh Herr: New Bionics That Let Us Run, Climb, & Dance | TED


Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago, and now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal—with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.

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Head of the Biomechatronics Research Group at MIT

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Double amputee Dr. Hugh Herr heads the biomechatronics research group at MIT and creates bionic prostheses that emulate natural limbs. The “Leader of the Bionic Age” according to TIME, his work is revolutionizing the way we approach human limitation. He uses inspiration and humor as he shares his story and creates a powerful message that is both personal and applicable to business. A repeat TED speaker, his story of overcoming tragedy is highly inspirational and his insights on innovation, technology, and the future of the human body are out of this world.