3D printing, kidneys, and life questions

Yesterday I watched an interview about 3D Printers on Larry King with Aaron Walsh, Founding Director of Immersion Education Initiative, and John Cobb, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Stratasys Ltd. It was exciting in its possibilities and frightening in its potential misuse. On the other hand, digitalis – used to treat congestive heart failure and other diseases – can also kill you. Automobiles get us to and fro throughout our busy lives, but they also kill.

Thus, I watched the interview with one thing in mind: how soon can they create organs. I have friends with PKD¬† – a genetic kidney disease – who are waiting for kidneys. Others have friends and relatives waiting for hearts and livers. For me personally, I’d like 1/2 of all fundraising dollars to go to immediate research to create organs NOW – as soon as possible. There are folks out there who will die if they don’t get a transplant. Let’s get to work and give them a chance.

To get on a transplant list, in most instances the body has to have reached a critical stage. The patient is at a low threshold of energy and health. Emotionally – well, I cannot even imagine. I would think many of them would be willing to test the 3D organs if offered. Let’s get to work …. and get to work NOW!

Yes, I know all the implications. It’s a process…. there are many hurdles to jump. Well, let’s get to it!

In 1963 I was in a glory career – key punch operator (yes, hole-punched cards)! Within years it was nearly extinct, moving on to data entry on floppy disks and the rest – well, is history. In the mid-80s I was creating a weekly publication using a Mac512k – hahah – yep 512 kilobytes. Holy cow, a photo is now many megabytes! Who would have thought! Today, what I do with a smartphone is more than the computers that took up entire huge rooms i 1963!

My point? Each new developmental increment is happening faster and faster. Let’s get to it! Let’s find the solutions we need to help people live. Sure, production of planes and trains and ships are fine. But we have human beings waiting…. where are our priorities! Using 3D organs would be cheaper than the care required now. But of even greater worth is it would return these individuals to a life of ‘living’… creative, productive, sharing their knowledge, gifts, talents, skills and experiences with us. Some of them might be the next ‘developmental stage’ of some amazing product, invention, cure. Let’s give them the opportunity to fulfill their destiny by giving them health.

So let’s get to it! NOW!

AARON E. WALSH
Founding Director, Immersive Education Initiative – See more at: http://summit.immersiveeducation.org/#sthash.He29V5A1.dpuf
AARON E. WALSH
Founding Director, Immersive Education Initiative – See more at: http://summit.immersiveeducation.org/#sthash.He29V5A1.dpuf

AARON E. WALSH
Founding Director, Immersive Education Initiative – See more at: http://summit.immersiveeducation.org/#sthash.He29V5A1.dpuf

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