Pattie Maes – The Future of Humanity | Xapiens Symposium

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This is the first symposium of Xapiens at MIT – “The Future of Homo Sapiens”

The future of our species will be majorly influenced by the technical advancements and ethical paradigm shifts over the next several decades. Artificial intelligence, neural enhancement, gene editing, solutions for aging and interplanetary travel, and other emerging technologies are bringing sci-fi’s greatest ideas to reality.

Sponsored by the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute of Brain Research.


Full Agenda:

– Openings remarks from Joe Paradiso –
A.W Dreyfoos Professor and Associate Academic Head of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Director of the Responsive Environments Group

– Pattie Maes –
Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at MIT, Director of Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group, TED speaker, Co-Founder of MIT spinoffs including Firefly Networks (Microsoft) and Tulip Interfaces

– Max Tegmark –
Professor of Physics at MIT, Scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute, Co-founder of the Future of Life Institute, Director of the Tegmark Lab at MIT

– David Sinclair –
Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School & Co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging, Co-Founder of Sirtris, and Life Biosciences, Director of the Sinclair Lab at Harvard

– George Church –
Professor of Genetics at Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Director of HMS NHGRI-Center of Excellence in Genomic Science & Personal Genome Project, Broad Institute & Wyss Harvard Institute of biologically Inspired Engineering

– Ed Boyden –
Y.Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology at MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Co-director of MIT Center of Neurobiological engineering, Leader of Synthetic Neurobiology Group

– Panel w/ Joe Paradiso, Pattie Maes, Max Tegmark, David Sinclair, George Church, & Ed Boyden.


Xapiens is MIT’s first interdisciplinary collective seeking to explore the technical and ethical issues surrounding the use of technology to overcome the limitations of the human mind & body.
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Robert Knapp says:

Why is the first "female" talk in this series is about "authoritarian" technology?

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