Wednesday March 4, 2015
Future Tense event. (Only the Fixed trailer will be played at this event. To see the whole film, please join us the night before, March 3rd here: https://www.facebook.com/events/372886512894252/)
Attention-grabbing advances in robotics and neurotechnology have caused many to rethink the concept of human disability. A paraplegic man in a robotic suit took the first kick at the 2014 World Cup, for instance, and the FDA has approved a bionic arm controlled with signals from the brain. It’s not hard to imagine that soon these advances may allow people to run, lift, and even think better than what is currently considered “normal”—challenging what it means to be human. But some in the disability community reject these technologies; for others, accessing them can be an overwhelmingly expensive and bureaucratic process. As these technological innovations look more and more like human engineering, will we need to reconsider what it means to be able and disabled?
We’ll discuss these questions and more at noon on Wednesday, March 4, at the New America office in Washington, D.C. The event is presented by Future Tense in collaboration with the award-winning documentary on disability and technology Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.
You can find the event agenda here.
The event will also be streamed live on the New America website. RSVPs to attend or to live stream are needed.
Lunch provided. Space is limited.
To RSVP, click here.
Venue is wheelchair accessible. ASL will be provided.