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Saturday, February 20
 

9:00am

Day 1 Welcome and Intro
Moderators
avatar for Quinn Norton

Quinn Norton

Freelancer, Wired, The Atlantic, Maximum PC
Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets. They are also places were new freedoms and poetries are born, and run riot over the network. She started studying... Read More →

Saturday February 20, 2016 9:00am - 9:15am
Ballroom

9:15am

Life in the Age of Cyborgs
Neil Harbisson is the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an organization that promotes the use of cybernetics as a body part to extend human senses and perception. Harbisson has an antenna implanted in his skull that allows him to perceive the spectrum beyond human vision. Neil will talk about how becoming a cyborg has brought him closer to nature and to animals.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson, of the popular TED talk “I listen to color,” was born into a greyscale world with total colorblindness, but, with the help of Adam Montandon and after a journey of many years and many doctors, Neil had an antenna osseointegrated into his skull that lets him hear... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:15am - 10:00am
Ballroom

10:30am

Who are you and what are you doing in my office? Lessons learned from the Quantified Doctor
Paul Abramson MD has been assisting medically-supervised self tracking projects with his patients since 2009, helping people explore their own medical conditions and take control of their health. For patients the process has variously turned out to be challenging, enlightening, frustrating, productive, cathartic, and even useless. Dr. Abramson will discuss lessons learned, and thoughts on how self tracking can be combined with other modalities to accelerate self discovery and change.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Paul Abramson

Dr. Paul Abramson

Paul Abramson, M.D., is a medical doctor with an active private practice in San Francisco and also a former electrical engineer and programmer. He has been self-tracking for health and greater awareness for many years, both with technological tools and through Vipassana (mindfulness... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Ballroom

11:45am

Radical Human Transformation

The master key to realizing our personal and professional potential is to actively take charge of our brain, biology and psychology. For the first time in the USA, Dr. Mark Atkinson, one of Europe’s leading human potential development experts will present a roadmap for the process of human transformation and sustained high performance. Come prepared to be enlightened and inspired.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson

Bulletproof
Dr. Mark Atkinson M.B.B.S., is a Internationally renowned mind-body medicine physician and integral personal development expert. He is the medical director of Bulletproof, a high performance team of experienced entrepreneurs, and biohackers working to upgrade human performance... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Ballroom

1:45pm

“Covering” At Work: Dress Code Policies, Tattoos, and the Law
A workplace policy that bans the display of body modifications, such as tattoos and piercings, is both legal and routine. However, by discriminating against heavily tattooed individuals, employers reinforce stereotypes. This presentation will provide an overview of different workplace policies towards tattooing, and the voices of participants describing their experiences with workplace body art policies, discrimination, and acceptance.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Beverly Yuen Thompson

Dr. Beverly Yuen Thompson

Dr. Beverly Yuen Thompson is an Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Siena College, in Albany, NY. She earned her MA & Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. She also earned an MA in Women's Studies from San Diego State University. Her... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Ballroom

3:00pm

Jinki Kongen: person-machine-soul-energy
Observations and thoughts on the evolution of human-centered design as boundaries dissolve between people and technology.

Speakers
avatar for David Webster

David Webster

IDEO Palo Alto Partner David Webster is an engineer, tinkerer, designer of human experiences, and inventor of tools to make our lives more pleasurable and meaningful. Early on in his career, David came across a simple definition of what design is about: person + machine + soul + energy... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom

4:15pm

DIY Cyborgia
OpenBCI Co-Founder & CEO, Conor Russomanno, will dive into the nitty gritty of how to hack your body with low-cost, bio-sensing hardware. The presentation will be powered by Conor's electrical brain and muscle activity. Today, anyone can be a cyborg, and Conor will show you how.

Speakers
avatar for Conor Russomanno

Conor Russomanno

Conor is the co-founder & CEO of OpenBCI, a company dedicated to open-source innovation of human-computer interfaces technologies. Having received a BS in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University and an MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom

5:30pm

The Phantom Limb Project

The Phantom Limb Project is a collaboration, fusing the worlds of artistry, medical technology, robotics and engineering with the world of video games: the uniquely realised world of the Metal Gear Solid video game series. A world inhabited by iconic characters, gigantic weaponised robots, cyborgs, political intrigue and philosophical themes, which span over 50 years and centre around a protagonist known as ‘Snake’. The Metal Gear Solid franchise is loved by millions of gaming fans around the world, seen as one of the most influential video games of all time and is always pushing the boundaries in terms of technology, innovation and the medium itself.

The task: create a bespoke prosthetic limb for an amputee gamer, inspired by the world of Metal Gear Solid, using cutting edge and innovative technologies.

The Phantom Limb Project was born out of a desire to create something innovative, on the cusp of future technology, which would explore the themes present within the series and more specifically, the themes and ideas referenced in the latest incarnation: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. We also wanted to tell an uplifting human story of what it means to be an amputee, to feel phantom pain, to overcome loss and how technology can change our perceptions of ‘disability’. Moreover, the story of how one gamer known as James Young, never let his condition get in the way of his passion as a gamer.


Speakers

Saturday February 20, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Ballroom
 
Sunday, February 21
 

9:00am

Day 2 Welcome and Intro
Moderators
avatar for Quinn Norton

Quinn Norton

Freelancer, Wired, The Atlantic, Maximum PC
Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets. They are also places were new freedoms and poetries are born, and run riot over the network. She started studying... Read More →

Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:15am
Ballroom

9:15am

Should we build a better human?
A far-ranging talk on new medical and health technologies that are already allowing us to push beyond the boundary between the sick and the healthy to potentially enhance humans, and possibly increase human life expectancy. What are these technologies, and what are the implications, good and bad, if they work? David Ewing Duncan, aka the Experimental Man, has test-driven himself many of the technologies, and writes about their implications for the Daily Beast, New York Times, Wired, and others.

Speakers
avatar for David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is an expert on future trends in the convergence of health, IT and bioscience. An award-winning journalist, David is a columnist for The Daily Beast and the chief correspondent for NPR Talk’s Biotech Nation. He writes for The New York Times, Atlantic, Fortune... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Ballroom

10:30am

Where We're Going, They Don't Have Roads: Are There ANY Ethical Constraints on Bodyhacking?
Not every country or person in the world talks the ethical talk often heard in the USA regarding (1) hacking (2) biotech (3) biohacking (4) the freedom to live (or die) as we like. And not every country or person who talks the talk, walks the walk. Different rules apply "inside" the national security apparatus than apply to "humplings" who hump along in the body of the bell curve and there are different rules for those with money and clout. Richard Thieme thinks aloud about what he's seen and what it implies for the ethics of bio- and bodyhacking. .

Speakers
avatar for Richard Thieme

Richard Thieme

A former Episcopal priest, Thieme is an author and commentator on the challenges posed by new technologies and the future, how to redesign ourselves to meet these challenges, and creativity in response to radical change and identify shift. He has spoken for the NSA, the FBI, the US... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Ballroom

11:45am

Textile Sensing Platforms to support a Healthier Life Style
Wearable monitoring systems, realized by integrating a proper set of sensors and electrodes in form of fabric allows a friendly acquisition of vital signs. The health status of any user can be checked without any clinician support, just wearing a garment. In fact the sensors placement in the garment assures their right location on the body. The subject does not need to be supervised by skilled personnel during the setting of the system neither during the measurement; signals can remotely be analyzed (also in real-time, if needed) and interpreted to generate the proper feedback to the users. These systems are fully washable and comfortable and can be customized to increase sensing functionality, Moreover physiological objective information provided by these systems can be combined with many behavioral indexes that are generated when using the mobile technology. More and more in the future, we will ask for confirmations, advices, and help from the technology,

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Rita Paradiso

Dr. Rita Paradiso

Rita received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 1991 with research focusing mainly on molecular electronics, biosensors, biomaterials for biomedical applications and e-textiles. She joined Smartex in 2000 as R&D Manager, and has been the CEO since 2011. With over 70 scientific publications... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Ballroom

1:45pm

Hacking Consciousness For Peak Performance
The body and the mind are powerful tools at our disposal.  But without consciousness directing the action you will be blind to the external and internal pitfalls that limit your effectiveness.  This talk covers the technologies you can utilize to hack your consciousness, ensuring that you have every opportunity to go for your win. 

Speakers
avatar for Aubrey Marcus

Aubrey Marcus

CEO, ONNIT
Aubrey Marcus founded Onnit in 2010 as a nutritional supplements brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. He has since grown Onnit into an industry leader, with over 250 products ranging from peak performance supplements to foods, fitness equipment... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Ballroom

3:00pm

Ketamine-Assisted Therapies in Medical Practice: An Antidote for Stuckness?
Ketamine is being re-discovered in medicine to augment therapies for treatment-resistant disorders. However, a strict psychopharmacologic model has been found to be too limiting and may not be adequate to assess the potential of truly transformative therapies. Dr. Paul Abramson will discuss early results from his team's use of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for severe depression, OCD, and PTSD, and ketamine-assisted treatment of chronic pain. He will also review applicable research on ketamine-induced neuroplasticity, and the re-emergence of psychedelics in American medical practice. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Paul Abramson

Dr. Paul Abramson

Paul Abramson, M.D., is a medical doctor with an active private practice in San Francisco and also a former electrical engineer and programmer. He has been self-tracking for health and greater awareness for many years, both with technological tools and through Vipassana (mindfulness... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom

4:15pm

Panel: Cyborg Pride & Identity
We know what gay pride or national pride is, but what is cyborg pride and why is it needed?  Join me as I discuss cyborg cultural pride, identity politics, cyborg rights, and the emerging cyborg community with Neil Harbisson and Quinn Norton.

Moderators
avatar for Richard MacKinnon

Richard MacKinnon

Executive Director, BorgFest Human Augmentation Expo
Richard is the founder of Borgfest, a festival and expo that celebrates and supports people interested in human augmentation, enhancement, body modification, and wearable technology. In graduate school, Richard studied political theory and identity in cyberspace, which led him to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson, of the popular TED talk “I listen to color,” was born into a greyscale world with total colorblindness, but, with the help of Adam Montandon and after a journey of many years and many doctors, Neil had an antenna osseointegrated into his skull that lets him hear... Read More →
avatar for Quinn Norton

Quinn Norton

Freelancer, Wired, The Atlantic, Maximum PC
Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets. They are also places were new freedoms and poetries are born, and run riot over the network. She started studying... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom