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One of the lens recipients is examined by a specialist. The new type of artificial lenses endow patients with "super-vision", better than the best standard adult human vision.  (Source: Sky News)
The era of cybernetic superpeople appears to be finally taking off

From the popular PC game Deus Ex to movies like Robocop, a consistent theme in science fiction has been cyborgs, humans implanted with advanced technology to offer them superior abilities to traditional humans.  Such inventions haven't exactly taken off -- RFID implants are about as "cyborgish" as people have become of late.  However, a new medical procedure should re-excite those who dream of synthetic super-capabilities.

Doctors and medical researchers at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, a medical facility near Sussex in the UK, have completed the most advanced artificial lens implant to date and have endowed patients with vision better than the most able humans traditionally have.

The process to get "high definition" vision begins with the implantation of an artificial lens, using the standard procedure for cataracts.  Where as some lens implants are made of plastics PMMA or acrylic, the high tech lenses use special light-sensitive silicone.

Several days after the implant, doctors zap the lens with UV light, fine tuning it.  Over days, the lens is carefully tuned to overcome defects in the eye until patients have perfect vision.  A final blast of light fixes the lens in a final configuration.

The typical net result is that the recipients' vision significantly surpasses 20/20 sight, the best vision typically found in adults. 

Dr. Bobby Qureshi is the first ophthalmic surgeon in the UK to use the new lens and calls it "a hugely significant development".  Its not being used to give supervision to the masses quite yet, but rather is targeting patients with cataracts and long-sightedness, typically age-related conditions. 

Describes Dr. Qureshi, "We have the potential here to change patients' vision to how it was when they were young.  The change is so accurate that we can even make the lens bifocal or varifocal, so as well as giving them good vision at distance we can give them good vision for reading.  They won't need their glasses at all."

The patients are amazed at the results.  Gill Balfour, one of the first patients to receive the lens recalls how she used to have cataracts and other vision problems.  Now the world is a richer place for her.  She comments, "It's absolutely incredible. To think it's been tailor-made for you, matching any imperfections. It's the way forward, isn't it?"

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RE: sharingan
By Parhel on 12/4/2009 1:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
You always talk about the "story line" because frankly, the animation sucks

But it is about the story. Your comment sounds like those gamers who talk only about the graphics and don't care if the game is fun to play. Complaining about the animation quality is missing the point.

I've only seen a few anime, and they were cherry-picked by friends, so I'm no expert. But those were all very good, and 'Akira' in particular was absolutely brilliant.

RE: sharingan
By B3an on 12/4/2009 7:08:02 PM , Rating: 2
Akira is a one-off masterpiece with vastly VASTLY superior animation and detail to almost any other anime or cartoon ever created.

So obviously he didn't mean something like that. But i know what he's saying and i agree with it, most anime is very lazy and the complete opposite from something like Akira.

RE: sharingan
By camylarde on 12/9/2009 5:14:56 AM , Rating: 2
If Akira is an anime masterpiece, then god bless Pixar... I have hated the movie thoroughly, regard it as a mixup of nearly insane situations with very little rational explanation (or explanation of any sort) and the grand finale with the guy growing the stuff was plainly disgusting. I generally am prone to watch anything sci-fi related without prejudice or judging, but Akira was a mistake.

On the other hand "The girl who leapt through the time " was ok.

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