Replacement Parts

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?

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2 thoughts on “Replacement Parts

  1. I had a similar experience and a similar realization two years ago when I had cataracts removed from my right eye. The doctor told me the procedure would destroy the lens in my eye, but not to worry. He would replace it with a plastic one and my vision would be as good as ever. Now that was amazing in itself. But the thing that really amazed me was the card that was handed to me along with the other paperwork when I left the hospital — the card indicated the serial number of the lens. This immediately called to my mind the scene from the movie “Blade Runner” where Harrison Ford learned from a street “vendor,” that the scale Ford had found in the bathtub of an apartment he had searched was not that of a fish, but of a snake. And the vendor was able to determine using a microscope the serial number on the scale and thus the manufacturer of the snake.

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