Forty years ago Lee Majors hit the screen as The Six Million Dollar Man. In the series an astronaut test pilot suffers horrific injuries in a crash and is rebuilt with mechanical parts. As a result he is better, faster, stronger.
It was all fiction, of course, but fiction has a way of becoming reality. I recently took Barbara Jean into the shop, and the technician (doctor) told me, “One of her carbon life form ocular subsystems has developed a problem. We are going to have to replace its refraction component. But don’t worry. The rebuilt ocular subsystem is going to be better, faster, stronger when we are finished.”
Today I took Barbara Jean back to the shop, and after a bit of preamble, she was retrofitted. The process only took about fifteen minutes. Some day I expect this procedure will be completely automated so we can eliminate any needless human intervention. Here’s Barbara Jean, waiting for the chance to show off her new ocular subsystem. Isn’t science wonderful?