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The New Era of Human 2.0 New Minds, New Bodies, and New Identities


111811imageSociety is at the threshold of a new age when machines will no longer be separate, lifeless mechanisms, but will instead be intimate extensions of the human body. Such a merging of body and machine will not only improve the quality of life for disabled people, but will allow persons with normal physiologies to experience augmented capabilities -- cognitively, emotionally and physically. Current research is blurring the distinction between "able bodied" and "disabled," demonstrating technologies at the neural-digital interface. New research initiatives are capable of addressing a plethora of conditions currently at clinical impasses, from social-emotional prostheses for persons with autism, to robots that monitor the health of children or the elderly, to the development of smart prostheses that can emulate -- and even exceed the capabilities of-- biological limbs. 

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For more information, contact Kum Ham at 301-975-4203.

Colloquia are videotaped and available in the NIST Research Library.


Hugh Herr
Director, Biomechatronics
MIT Media Lab


Start Date: Friday, November 18, 2011
End Date: Friday, November 18, 2011
Location: 10:30 a.m., Red Auditorium, Gaithersburg, VTC to Boulder, Room 1107
Format: Colloquium