2017 -- a very good year

  • 29 December 2017
  • NormanL
2017 -- a very good year

As the year winds down, it's worth a look back to discover that, yes, it was a very good year. We're not talking about politics -- your mileage may vary on that topic. But on the matter of advances made to make life better, happier, and healthier, then yes, 2017 was a very good year indeed. Marian Tupy writes about more than 80 examples of scientific advances that made our lives better this year. A sample:

February 6: The age of the bionic body – from robot hands, controlled by your mind, to electronic eyeballs, experts reveal 6 medical marvels introduced by new technology.
February 6: Biologists help deaf mice hear again by inserting healthy genes into their ears – the work shows an ‘unprecedented recovery of inner ear function’ and could be used in humans.
February 10: Computers turn medical sleuths and identify skin cancer – algorithm works as reliably as board-certified dermatologists, study shows.
February 15: For the blind, an actual-reality headset – not just Star Trek fiction, a new visor from eSight is a lightweight, high-contrast vision system for legally blind people.
February 17: Wyoming man receives ‘miracle’ face transplant 10 years after suicide attempt.
February 18: Smartphones to become pocket doctors after scientists discover camera flash and microphone can be used to diagnose illness.
February 20: Hope for millions as scientists discover multiple sclerosis treatment that can slow its progression.
February 22: Life expectancy to break 90 barrier by 2030.
March 2: Teenager’s sickle cell reversed with world-first therapy.
March 3: Terminal cancer patients go into complete remission after groundbreaking gene therapy.
March 3: UTA professor invents breath monitor to detect flu.
March 6: Google’s artificial intelligence can diagnose cancer faster than human doctors – the system is able to scan samples to determine whether or not tissues are cancerous.

And that's just through the beginning of March. There are many more at the link, and we urge you to take a look at them. And while you do, take stock of the year. Yes, we focus on politics and policy. But outside of the rough and tumble of that world is a much wider one, where humanity, for all its faults and foibles, continues to advance toward a brighter future.

None of these advances are possible without free peoples dedicated to maintaining a free, open, and just society. We rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of liberty in 2018, with the understanding that as freedom expands, humanity prospers.