22 January 2008
19:00 - 20:30
Meet engineers, designers and thinkers who are blurring boundaries between technologies and your body. What counts as a hybrid life form and how might it affect you?
Contributors from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London and the University of Reading's Cybernetics group will present ongoing projects for your delectation in this evening of demonstration and discussion.
Highlights include the chance to meet EcoBot, a fly-eating robot whose digestive juices power-up microbial fuel cells to generate its own power.
Hear about a robot controlled by a culture of neural cells via a wireless link. Could the biological features of our future appliances make them more like pets?
We’ll also be discussing the technologies helping us to live longer. Is it sustainable to mend and replace our frail bodies?
Finally, tiny biometric sensors and a radio chip combine in a ‘digital plaster’ that can monitor your health by sending signals to your mobile phone and hospital monitoring systems. How would you want this information be shared? Could we be monitoring each other's activity?
If all this whets your appetite for further involvement, ask the Material Beliefs team what roles you could play in their ongoing project. Have your say as we discuss these new hybrids: are we becoming our own products?
Tobie Kerridge, Designer, Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Material Beliefs
Nick Oliver, Physician, Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Alan Winfield, Engineer, Bristol Robotics Laboratory
James Augur, Designer, Material Beliefs
Jimmy Loizeau, Designer, Material Beliefs
Mark Hammond, Researcher, Cybernetics
Elio Caccavale, Designer, Material Beliefs
Anders Sandberg, Neuroscientist, Future of Humanity Institute
Susana Soares, Designer, Material Beliefs
Aubrey De Grey, Chairman and Chief Science Officer of the Methuselah Foundation
Facilitator: Gareth Mitchell, Presenter of Go Digital and Lecturer, Imperial College London
Event organised by:
The Science Museum