"With that, visitors of the Cybathlon Experience (TM) can test the role of a disabled person" (können in die Rolle einer behinderten Person schlüpfen) (Oral presentation: "CYBATHLON – bewegt Mensch und Technik", 5.15pm–6.00pm, Dr. Roland Sigrist, Cybathlon, ETH Zurich, Raum E 1.2) -- I was there, one among the 8 people that made the audience of this "sold out" Cybathlon talk; amputees are there for "entertainment" (clearly one of the requirements written on a slide in the presentation) (ist es das, was wir als behinderte Personen spielen? eine Rolle, ja?).
After defining a remarkably strange prosthetic arm race, the makers of the Cybathlon 2020 now start to openly bathe us in their pitch-black cynicism.
Why? Pressing question.
In order to allow future reference, I here post questions and my answers to these questions as mailed to me last week by a person claiming to be a 17-year old high school student. So far and by and large, I had that type of questions asked by academic researchers - as scope, wording and level of detail are typical for those.
The times when one knows who asks what are long over. Welcome to the Brave New World. I truthfully answered the questions based on what we already know.
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