We often spend most of our time commenting on the potential harm of new technology, while ignoring all the good it does. Check out this combination of photos and videos which just might melt a few of your icy hearts and restore your faith in technology!
1. Riding a bike for the first time:
A man with no legs steers a double-seated bike while a man with no arms pedals. This photo proves that even the simplest of inventions can have the greatest of impacts.
2. Viewing earth for the first time:
The first photo of the earth taken from off the planet was snapped in December of 1968, and helped people realize we’re living on a tiny spec of dust in an enormous universe. It also reinvigorated interest in space travel. Our interest has mostly been lost, but imagine if you were seeing this photo for the very first time!
3. Innovative technology is not just for humans:
Derby the dog – included here because some of us just hate humans – was born with deformed legs. He’s adorable. More importantly, he can melt our hearts thanks to a pair of 3D printed prosthetic legs and a video camera. Watch the special little guy run for the first time!
4. Hearing for the first time:
If you can watch and avoid getting teary-eyed, you might want to check your pulse–because you have no heart. In this video, technology allows people to hear for the first time. The reactions are about as touching as they come.
5. Seeing for the first time:
The surgery used in the above video takes only 15 minutes to perform, yet restores eyesight for life. How amazing is that? Sonia and Anita are two Indian sisters who were born blind, but thanks to a nonprofit organization aimed at improving the futures of those inhabiting impoverished communities worldwide, the two are able to see again.
Let us know what you thought of our list, and feel free to add your own inspiring photos or videos in the comments section below!