I am Jennifer French, Paralympian, active user of neurotech implants which allow me to stand, and advocate for neurotechnology. AMA!
I'm Jennifer French, a Paralympic silver medalist in the sport of sailing and an advocate for neurotechnology implants, which allow me to regain use of my legs.
As a result of a snowboarding accident in 1998, I became a quadriplegic. In 1999, I was the first woman to receive an implanted Stand and Transfer System which allows me to stand again with the help of electrical impulses delivered to the muscles in my legs. I currently advocate for and educate about neurotechnology through a non-profit organization I co-founded, Neurotech Network. My most recent project is a book, On My Feet Again: My Journey out of the Wheelchair using Neurotechnology. Proceeds from the book benefit the Neurotech Network and the Institute for Functional Recovery.
I'll be speaking at the upcoming World Science Festival in New York City on May 31st. My talk, Better, Stronger, Faster: The Future Of The Bionic Body, will also be live streamed at http://new.livestream.com/WorldScienceFestival/BetterStrongerFaster.
I’ll start asking question at 9:00 am so AMA!
UPDATE: Hi everyone, I truly enjoyed this session. Thank you for all your thoughtful questions. Please check out our session at the WSF 2014, details above.