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Friday, May 20 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Future of Our Species

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Taking an active part in our own biological evolution is no longer a theory, but an option.
Literal cyborg Neil Harbisson leads this panel discussion on Becoming Technology, and asks the questions, can we have additional organs and senses beyond the ones confined to our species. Are we prepared to become the designers of our own body and perception? Will merging with technology increase our survival possibilities in earth and in outer space? Are we witnessing the renaissance of our species?

Talent
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Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson is a contemporary artist, composer, and cyborg activist, known for his ability to hear and perceive colors outside the ability of human vision. Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a condition that only allowed him to see in greyscale. In 2003, he took part in the development of the eyeborg, a cybernetic eye permanently attached to his head that allows him to hear the frequencies of colors through bone conduction, including... Read More →
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Rich Lee

Black hat transhumanist Rich Lee made headlines in 2013 after he successfully implanted headphones in his ears. Rich is a prominent figure in the biohacking subculture known collectively as "the Grinders." Not content to wait for a bionic future that may never come, members of this transhuman underground are notorious for self experimentation, DIY surgical procedures, and homemade cybernetic implants. Rich Lee is involved in many human... Read More →
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Daniel Lock

Daniel Lock is a zoology graduate of the University of Roehampton, London. He has worked with several UK Wildlife Trusts, the World Land Trust and the Natural History Museum. His areas of interest include animal behavior, cognition, and sensory perception. He has a personal fascination with the intersection between humans and other animal species.
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BJ Murphy

B.J. Murphy is a futurist, techno-philosopher, poet, and author. He's the Editor and Social Media Manager for online-futurist website Serious Wonder and an Affiliate Scholar for the nonprofit think-tank Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He's an Ambassador for the robotics company Humai, has worked as a Tech Adviser for both TV and short films, and is the co-author of The Future of Business: Critical Insights into a Rapidly... Read More →

Program Themes
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Transhumanism

Humans have long sought to transform nature, using tools to modify the environment around us or enhancing our own bodies to adapt in this world. Technology today continues to open up new spaces for transformative and transcendent experiences of life itself. From AI to augmented reality displays, with cloning and human genetic engineering, through organ transplants and prosthetics, emerging technologies are expanding many of our intellectual... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Carolina Theatre, Cinema 1 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27703

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