You have Been Upgraded
This is a past event from Manchester Science Festival 2018.
Welcome to the world of tomorrow where fantastical start-up firm Unlimited Enhancement Technologies will help you upgrade your operating system and indulge your inner Iron Man. Test the limits of human enhancement by checking out high-tech prosthetics and see how virtual reality is revolutionising medicine. We’ll be interviewing some of the UK’s leading scientists and researchers in the field of human enhancement in a futuristic, science-inspired mash up of the Graham Norton Show meets Top of the Pops. You might also come face to face with a real life cyborg as for one night only the museum hosts a biohacking bash where science fiction and science fact collide.
The line-up so far includes:
Manel a Catalan perceptual artist based in Barcelona, best known for developing and installing a cybernetic sensory organ to perceive changes in atmospheric pressure in his body. The barometric organ allows him to perceive the arrival of cyclones and anticyclones via beat frequencies transmitted through the skull. Depending on the input perceived, he can predict weather changes as well as feel at what altitude he is. Manel will speak about how technology no longer needs to serve the role of a tool but instead it can become an extension of our body to help expand our perception and reconnect with our surroundings and the planet we live on.
Jenova is a highly experienced body piercer and modifier specialising in earlobe reconstruction and biohacking.
Rebecca De Cadorette
Rebecca is a blackwork tattoo artist and former biologist at the University of Manchester with a particular interest in human evolution and futurology. Working out of a private studio in Stretford, Manchester, DC uses her background in research, science and art to design future bodies and explore ideas of self-ownership, looking at tattooing as ritual and rite of passage in the posthuman experience.
Tilly is a 12 year old girl who lost both her arms after contracting meningitis aged 15 months. In 2017 she was fitted with a pair of 3D printed “Hero Arms” from Open Bionics, a multi-award winning robotics company creating affordable, advanced and stylish bionic limbs.
Lepht is a faceless, genderless British biohacker, who be talking about their experience of hacking themselves.
As a double amputee, James turned to bionics with the same excitement and fascination he’s always had for future-gazing tech and fun-filled gadgets. Since his accident five years ago, he has worked with Japanese gaming giant Konami to personally design and develop his own advanced bionic arm, earning himself the nickname Metal Gear Man.
Ghislaine is an artist-curator, researcher and director, a specialist in body responsive technologies and immersion experiences. She will be speaking about the future of the body, looking at implants, intimacy and data.
Professor Andy Miah PhD
The Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, in the School of Environment & Life Sciences at the University of Salford, Manchester. Andy’s research discusses the intersections of art, ethics, technology and culture and he has published broadly in areas of emerging technologies, particularly related to human enhancement and has published over 150 academic articles in refereed journals, books, magazines, and national media press on the subjects of cyberculture, medicine, technology, and sport.
Dr Kia Nazarpour
A Reader in Biomedical Engineering at Newcastle University’s School of Engineering combining analytical and experimental techniques and develop novel signal processing algorithms to understand how the brain learns to control limb movement. His current research is developing an ‘intuitive’ hand that can react without thinking.
Professor Kostas Kostarelos
The Chair of Nanomedicine at the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences of the University of Manchester. He is leading the Nanomedicine Lab that is part of the Centre for Tissue Injury and Repair and the National Graphene Institute, developing new technologies to treat cancer and neurogenerative disorders.