When I finally managed to meet Ackland, I asked him what he thought about all the attention.


“I absolutely love it,” he told me. “And it certainly beats the alterative — being completely ignored.”

He was referring to the previous six years — a challenging period of time before the artificial hand when very few people approached him on account of his hook. The artificial hand, it would seem, has certainly changed his fortunes.


“Having a bionic hand makes me feel like a human again,” he told me.

I’ll be covering more from the GF2045 conference over the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned for more.