'BORG IN THE USA
CYBORGS AND PUBLIC POLICY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
THRIVAL INNOVATION + MUSIC FESTIVAL
Nanograms launched at TechShop in Bakery Square, as part of the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival. with a panel discussion on how the shifting boundaries of the self are changing the landscape for law, policy, commerce and culture.
Anne Wright is Co-principal Investigator and Director of Operations for the BodyTrack project in the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University.
She received B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT in 1996, and later co-founded Newton Research Labs, a successful robotics and computer vision company.
As Lead Systems Engineer for Prototype Mars Rovers in the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center, Anne became interested in how to harness technologies and techniques originally developed for the rovers to help people “debug” diffuse environmentally related conditions such as allergies, food sensitivities, asthma and migraine triggers.
She also co-organizes the Pittsburgh Quantified Self Meetup Group and is active in the global QS movement.
Witold "Vic" Walczak is Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.
Besides specializing in free-speech and religious-liberty cases, Vic has handled nationally significant cases involving challenges to widespread police misconduct, substandard public-defender services, and the Secret Service’s use of “protest zones.” In 2005, Vic was one of three lawyers who successfully tried Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the first case challenging the teaching in public schools of “intelligent design” (ID), which the ACLU claimed was creationism repackaged. Most recently, Vic was co-lead counsel in a precedent-setting case challenging an anti-illegal-immigrant ordinance in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, the first of its kind in the nation.
Entrepreneur, software developer, and biohacker Tim Cannon is the Founder and CIO of Grindhouse Wetware, a Pittsburgh-based biotech startup dedicated to augmenting human capabilities using safe, affordable, open source technology. A self-styled “human guinea pig,” Tim recently had Grindhouse’s “Circadia” device implanted into his arm to test the functionality and safety of the device. He currently has a magnet implant in his finger and an RFID chip and NFC chip in his hands.
Tim Cannon and Grindhouse Wetware have been featured in VIce, Wired, Al Jazeera, USA Today, National Geographic, Popular Science, and Business Insider, among many others.
[photo credit: Andrew Obenreder]
Josh Raulerson earned his PhD in English at the University of Iowa, where he studied the complex and mutually constitutive relationships between science, economics, and culture in contemporary science fiction and futurist discourse. His revised doctoral thesis was published in 2013 as Singularities: Technoculture, Transhumanism, and Science Fiction in the 21st Century (Liverpool University Press).
Raulerson currently hosts NPR’s Morning Edition on 90.5 WESA, where he developed the Nanograms podcast.
[photo credit: Sarah Collins, Point Park News Service]