Russ Rickey of experience design agency Critical Mass explores the future and ethics of granting augmented abilities to the injured and disabled

It’s the early 80’s, and my family is visiting Southern California.

I’m on a soundstage at Universal Studios when a man in an orange jumpsuit pulls me from the crowd and asks if I’m ready to run 60 miles an hour, jump over a building, lift a truck, and save the day. “Are you ready to be The Six Million Dollar Man?”

I am so ready.

And thanks to the magic of late 70’s “special effects,” I ran sixty-miles-an-hour, jumped over a building, and picked up that truck… one-handed no less.   

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