You wake up in a hospital room unable to move. The doctors say you likely never will, but you know there’s hope– you’ve seen videos of people using only their thoughts to control robotic arms! This TEDx talk explores the hype, hope and science behind technologies that enable movement.

Dr. Michael Boninger is a Professor and UPMC Endowed Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. He has joint appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Science and Technology and the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He is Director of the UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Rehabilitation Institute and the Senior Medical Director for Post-Acute Care for the Health Services Division of UPMC. He is also a physician researcher for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Boninger has an extensive publication record of over 200 papers. His central research focus is on enabling increased function and participation for individuals with disabilities through development and application of assistive, rehabilitative and regenerative technologies.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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