Advances in genetic engineering, biotechnology and nanotechnology that not long ago seemed purely science fiction are now real. Cyborgs, superhumans and clones are alive amongst us today. What does it mean to be human now? What will it feel like to be a human a hundred years from now? Should we continue to embrace modifications to our minds, bodies and daily lives, or are there boundaries we shouldn’t overstep?
HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species, ArtScience Museum’s new cutting-edge exhibition, explores the possible future paths of our species. It asks what it means to be human in a world of artificial intelligence, lifelike robots and genetic modification. It probes the social, ethical and environmental questions raised by using technology to modify ourselves. Will virtual reality be the new reality? What would happen if a robot knew what we wanted before we knew ourselves? How might we modify ourselves to adapt to an environment that we are drastically transforming? Is longevity a noble aspiration or a terrible threat for the planet? In the future, who will have ownership of our genetic information?
Featuring work by Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr, Stelarc, Nina Sellars and many more. Opens May 20, 2017
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23 November – morning session – 9.30am – 12.30pm
Keynote: Barbara Maria Stafford (USA)
Transparency or the New Invisibility; the Business of Making Connections
Panelists: Michele Barker (AUS), Dolores Steinman (Canada), Kathryn Hoffmann (USA)
23 November – afternoon session – 1.30pm – 6.00pm
Keynote: Ju Gosling (UK)
Super Human Rights
Panelists: Kathy Cleland (AUS), Natasha Vita-More (USA), Tina Gonsalves (AUS), Mari Velonaki (AUS), Reva Stone (Canada)
24 November – morning session – 10.00am – 12.30pm
Keynote: Junichi Ushiba (Japan)
Brain-Machine Interface into Virtual Worlds
Panelists: Jonathan Duckworth (AUS), Danielle Wilde (AUS)
24 November– afternoon session – 1.30pm – 6.00pm
Keynotes: Tami Spector (USA)
Panelists: Leah Heiss (AUS), Svenja Kratz (AUS), Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (UK).
Closing Address: Paul Brown (AUS/UK)