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2016 September

Altered Beauty – with Viktoria Modesta 24 September 2016, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fireside chat with Viktoria Modesta (Bionic Multimedia Artist) on modern identity, tech fashion and science innovation.

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Bot Concepts 13 September 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

What responsibilities do bot-makers have to ensure bots are created ethically? What sorts of interactions between bots and humans should we allow? What personality might a bot develop? How might bots provide a new interface between humans and internet-enabled objects?

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2016 July

Electronic Empathy 26 July 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) promises to put ‘the viewer’ in someone else’s body or mind. As an ‘embodiment system’ IVR might be said to be the only alternative method of communication that has the potential to effectively generate new levels of empathy.

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2016 May

Prosthetic Envy 31 May 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Prosthetic envy describes the condition under which someone might claim to be willing to remove a perfectly healthy limb in order to replace it with a bionic or machinic equivalent.

As artificial limbs and assistive devices become increasingly sophisticated they have evolved from symbols of loss into desirable design objects. Recent advancements in materials science, processor speeds and myoelectrics mean that new prosthetic devices exemplify the latest in technological development. This technological potency is rapidly creating a new relationship between the users of prosthetics and their 'unenhanced' beholders.

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2016 April

Engineering Life 25 April 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Life is being altered and designed by artists, scientists and technologists. Through applying engineering principles to living systems, biology has become a new material for creativity. But these practices and manipulations now challenge our cultural understanding of life and what it means to be alive.

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2016 March

Cyberdelics 29 March 2016, 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) can alter our state of consciousness. At least this is the promise of cyberdelics that use external tech-mediated stimulation to evoke out of body experiences and trips. Although the field has been developing over the last 50 years, the recent proliferation of commercial VR and AR devices has driven new attempts to collide psychedelic and consciousness culture of the late-60s with the computer cultures of the 80s and 90s.

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2016 February

Neurostimulation 02 February 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This Salon (curated in partnership with NERRI) brings together representatives from the three spheres where brain stimulation operates – clinical research, consumer products and DIY brain-hacking. It is a unique opportunity to enter into a much-needed dialogue around the long-term physiological and social effects of cognitive enhancements.

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2015 November

Fucking Machines 03 November 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

As humanoid sex robots become more widespread how do we develop an engaged ethical response to these new technologies? What software and hardware developments might lead to the development of these sorts of machines? What is the impact of anthropomorphizing machine-substitutes for human partners or prostituted persons? How might the line between fantasy and reality become blurred?

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2015 October

Future Human 16 October 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Have you ever considered what the possibilities are for the human species over the next 50 years and beyond? Exploring the latest innovations in 3D printed robotic limbs, memory-enhancing neural implants, lab-grown organs, gene therapies that slow ageing, synthetic biology, medical technology and artificial intelligence.

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2015 August

Virtually Human 11 August 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

panel has been curated to address an urgent need to explore some of the latest perspectives on the relationship(s) between humans and non-human machine agents. The panel will explore if we might ever create machines that match, or even surpass, distinctive traits and achievements that make us human. It will also address the need to understand where a fascination with machines that exhibit human-like capabilities and intelligences originates.

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