Have you ever wondered if the era of augmented humans is already upon us ? Have you ever thought about using technology to modify your natural abilities?
For its last Six2Nine of the year, The Village by CA Finistère has organized an inspiring evening of extraordinary encounters. This event will showcase the discovery and discussion of a surprising and thought-provoking subject :
The repaired or augmented human : Melding technology into biology.
Our remarkable and accomplished panelists will share their experiences, expertise, and opinions on the subject :
NEIL HARBISSON : A Catalan artist of British origin, he was officially recognized as a cyborg in 2004 by becoming the world’s first person to have an antenna implanted in his brain to hear colors. He has suffered from achromatopsia since birth, a condition which makes him see only black and white. His antenna, which is fitted with a skull-mounted camera, detects colors and converts them into sound waves in real time. As of today, Neil can perceive up to 360 different hues thanks to these micro-sounds. The software he uses allows him to hear colors well beyond the threshold of human perception, such as infrared and ultraviolet. His works explore themes of identity, human perception, the relation between sight and sound, and the usage of artistic expression through new sensorial stimuli. In 2010, Neil founded the Cyborg Foundation alongside Moon Ribas (known for having implanted a seismic sensor in her elbow in order to feel earthquake vibrations), an international organization aimed at helping humans become cyborgs, defending their rights, and promoting cyborg art.
JEAN CHAOUI: Originally from Syria, and having moved to the north Finistère in 2006, Jean is an engineer by trade, an expert in the biomedical field, and a specialist in computer-assisted surgery. He founded the Brest start-up Imascap in 2009 with the goal of developing revolutionary technology to help orthopedic surgeons. Imascap was bought in late 2017 by Wright Medical, an American leader in the healthcare market. Having won numerous awards, including MIT’s prestigious TR35 prize for innovative researchers under 35 years of age, Jean has rolled out his innovations internationally, and his technologies are now being applied to tens of thousands of patients worldwide. Imascap’s teams continue to focus on new solutions in their search for constant innovation, including mixed-reality guidance, connected clinical monitoring sensors, and even personalized and connected prosthetics.
CELIA LORIETTE: A Neurosciences graduate of the École Normale Supérieure de Paris, Célia is currently pursuing a Research Master in this very field. She is presently in the 3rd year of her thesis on the subject of brain/machine interfaces at the Institute for Cognitive Sciences in Lyon. Célia has decided to pursue her interest in this field by embarking on a Research Master program. She is presently in the 3rd year of her thesis on the subject of brain/machine interfaces at the Institute for Cognitive Sciences in Lyon.
Whether you’re a scientist, a businessperson, an inventor, a student, just curious, or all of the above – you can’t miss out on this unique public event in the Finistère!