LASER: The Future of the Body in the Context of Neurotechnology

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Emerging neurotechnologies (NT) allow for technological modifications of the body in which technology replaces or augments bodily functions by means of surgical interventions (implants, prostheses), the use of technologies which modify the body without such interventions (non-invasive neurostimulation technologies), and the coupling of humans and artefacts via brain-machine interface technology.

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The Future of the Body in the Context of Neurotechnology

 

 

A joint LASER of the Center of Public Health, Vienna Medical University and Biofaction Vienna

 

 

 

Emerging neurotechnologies (NT) allow for technological modifications of the body in which technology replaces or augments bodily functions by means of surgical interventions (implants, prostheses), the use of technologies which modify the body without such interventions (non-invasive neurostimulation technologies), and the coupling of humans and artefacts via brain-machine interface technology. These current and future NT applications open up philosophical questions about the embodiment and agency as core concepts regarding mechanised corporeality, but also about the overall social and cultural significance of NTs and of broader visions of the future of the human body. We also want to learn from actual end users of NT how they perceive their environment. Finally we shed a light on how artists and designers reflect and speculate about the possibilities and implications of NT.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers:

 

Oskar C. Aszmann (AT)

Broadband prosthetic interfaces: Combining cognitive nerve transfers and implantable multichannel EMG technology to decode spinal motor neuron activity

Oskar C. Aszmann is Professor at the Medical University of Vienna Medical University. He heads the Group of Bionic reconstruction and develops surgical techniques of neuromuscular reconstruction alone or in combination with complex mechatronic devices.  https://goo.gl/Mg3xUp

 

Christoph GUGER (AT)

Current and future applications of brain-computer interfaces (10-15 min)

Christoph Guger is the CEO of g.tec medical engineering GmbH and the company builds brain-computer interfaces system for research and medical applications.http://www.gtec.at 

 

Enno PARK (DE)

How my cochlea implant changed my perspective on the environment (10-15 min)

Enno Park is deaf but hearing with cochlea-implants. He is co-founder of Cyborgs e.V., an association coping with the relation between humans and technology and their merging. The previous business IT specialist is studying philosophy of technology and taking part in public debate with several publications and lectures. http://www.ennopark.de 

 

Oliver MÜLLER (DE)

Does neurotechnology change our sense of agency? (10 min)

Oliver Müller is professor of philosophy at the University of Freiburg, with a research focus on philosophy of technology https://www.philosophie.uni-freiburg.de/seminar/professur_mueller/mueller

 

Emanuel GOLLOB (AT)

Doing Nothing with AI (10 min)

Emanuel Gollob is running his own design studio since 2017 and is currently working on the EEG-data-based robotic installation "Doing Nothing with AI" with a multidisciplinary team.    http://www.doingnothingwithai.com

  

Chairs:

Markus SCHMIDT (AT) Markus is the founder and CEO of Biofaction, Vienna. He initiated a number of art-science activities, including the BIO·FICTION Science Art and Film Festival. http://www.biofaction.com http://www.markusschmidt.eu

Christopher COENEN (DE) at ITAS Karlsruhe, Christopher focuses on the societal, ethical, philosophical, cultural and political aspects of emerging technosciences, especially  at the intersection of biology and technology.https://www.itas.kit.edu/mitarbeiter_coenen_christopher.php 

Klaus SPIESS (AT) heads the Arts&Science program at the Medical University Vienna, Center of Public Health  as an Associate Professor  MedUniWien - CPH Art@Science/Biomedia Program 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When
September 23rd, 2019 6:15 PM   through   8:00 PM
Location
Kinderspitalgasse 15
Medical University of Vienna Center for Public Health
Seminar Room 3 "Bianca von Bienenfeld"
Vienna, 9 1090
Austria

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