From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.
What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world?
What does “normal” mean when cosmetic surgery procedures have risen over 450% percent in the last fifteen years and increasing numbers of people turn to “smart drugs” every day to get ahead at school or work? 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 abilities in any way imaginable, would you?
- disability studies scholar and artist Dominika Bednarska
- disability justice educator Patty Berne
- exoskeleton test pilot Fernanda Castelo
- bionics engineer Hugh Herr
- journalist and radio host John Hockenberry
- scientist and ability studies scholar Gregor Wolbring
- robot scientist Rodney Brooks
- futurist Jamais Cascio
- bioethicist Marcy Darnovsky
- brain-computer interface study participant Tim Hemmes
- philosophy professor Cressida Heyes
- transhumanist James Hughes
- reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason
- disability lawyer Silvia Yee