What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than many Olympic sprinters? With prenatal screening able to predict hundreds of probable conditions, who should determine what kind of people get to be born? If you could augment your body’s capabilities in any way imaginable what would you do? From pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to neural implants to bionic limbs, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. What does it mean to design “better humans” and should we want to?
Welcome to the companion site for FIXED, the documentary about disability, ableism, and emerging technologies that will, and are, changing our very notion of what it means to be human.
We invite and encourage your participation! Our hope is that this website and the film will serve to create more spaces for meaningful public discourse and debate around these issues of human adaptability, our interactions and co-evolution with technology, the blurring line between ability/disability and therapy/enhancement, and finally to challenge entrenched notions of “normal.”
How do our values about ability and disability get embedded in our technology? Is this a new eugenics or something different behind this new wave of nano-bio-engineering?
We will be posting related articles periodically as well as posting video excerpts from the film. Please explore the site, leave a comment, introduce yourself and be a part of building this online community!
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