However, John Zimmerman, a professor of artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, had the most optimistic view out of the other two panelists. He believes that the medical field of technology will exponentially advance by 2040. He said, “There are other emerging technologies that could make this future scenario actually happen. There’s a bunch of new technologies. I’m curious, like would she be in a wheelchair or would she have a set of augmented legs. A wheelchair is sort of a fixed view, and there’s a bunch of new technologies coming out that are much more on the body.”
Zimmerman strongly believes that there would be a tremendous improvement in the realm of adaptive and medical technology that will improve the lives of people with disabilities, so equipment like wheelchairs would be a thing in the past.