Hack, snip, insert, remove â€“ how far will we go in our quest to perfect our bodies?
Implants and insertables are no longer future technologies. The cochlear implant has been helping people to hear for over 50 years, and now we have backyard biohackers turning Myki cards into insertable chips for your hand. Meanwhile, the gene editing technique CRISPR is almost at the point of human trials and has the potential to treat all kinds of diseases. But should we be able to use it cosmetically to change physical features such as our eye colour?
How much do we really know about the dangers of these types of technologies? Does hacking our bodies make us more perfect? This panel discussion will explore the current and future technologies for hacking our bodies, and will discuss some of the ethical implications associated with hacking and changing parts of ourselves.
Friday September 21 at 6.30pm
Natasha Mitchell (Moderator), Journalist, broadcaster, podcaster and host of ABC Rational National’s Science Friction
Prof David Grayden,Â Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering and Leader of the Bionics Laboratory in the centre for Neural Engineering.
Dr Rita Hardiman,Â Lecturer in head and neck anatomy at theÂ Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne. She is co-curator of the Melbourne Femur Research Collection.
Kayla J Heffernan, Doctoral Candidate in the School of Computer and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne
Jaden Hastings, Biohacker and current PhD Candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts. Science Gallery Melbourne Artist in Residence
* This event will be recorded as part of ABC Radio National’s science, technology and culture program and podcast, Science Friction.Â http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sciencefriction/
Partnered by BASF