Deep Space Lecture: Transhumanismus – Quo vadis homo sapiens?

Dr. Manuela Macedonia

Thu Nov 10, 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).
Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space
Ticket price: 11,50€
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Is Homo Sapiens a discontinued model in the history of mankind? According to representatives of transhumanism, such as the historian and bestselling author Yuval Harari, the current human being is to be expanded and “improved” by technology, genetic engineering and artificial intelligence, undergoing an upgrade, so to speak. According to Harari, knowledge from the neurosciences represents one of the basic longings for the fusion between Homo Sapiens and technology. In this lecture, neuroscientist Dr. Macedonia addresses some of the claims of transhumanism from the perspective of brain research and explains what is already technologically feasible and will be possible in a few years, and why some of the bold theses of the transhumanists are suitable only as the script of a science fiction film.

Dr. Manuela Macedonia is a senior researcher at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Her work focuses on the development and neurocognitive testing of systems that guide people through learning processes. At the same time, Dr. Macedonia works on the neuroscientific foundations of sensorimotor learning in experiments at the Max Planck Institute Leipzig, in the research group “Cognition and Plasticity” as Associated Researcher. She researches multisensory enrichment of linguistic information and its effects on the memory of young adults.

 

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