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An evening with Agi Haines, René ten Bos and Steve Kurtz to explore the possibilities of reshaping humankind on cellular level.
Augmented Bodies

Agi Haines at Impakt Event: Accursed Creator

On April 5 at 20:00, Fotodok and Impakt present Accursed Creator: The Art of Bio-Hacking. “Accursed Creator” are the words used by Frankenstein’s monster to refer to his creator in the climax of Mary Shelly’s book. It would come as no surprise to you that Agi Haines “The Frankenstein of Design” was invited to the panel. Together with philosopher René ten Bos and artist Steve Kurtz, the speakers will explore the possibility of reshaping humankind on cellular level. The event connects Fotodok’s exhibition (Re)Inventing Nature to the Impakt Festival 2017: Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems.

gene therapy cure chronic disease
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Gene Therapy Cures Chronic Disease

Gene therapy has been there for decades. The idea is beautiful, one single treatment to get rid of horrific diseases forever. Before gene therapy was introduced diseases such as severe combined immune deficiency or SCID could only be treated with bone marrow transplant, which is a very pricey and delicate solution. Recently gene therapy has proven to work on this dreadful disease.

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Jobs for the Extraordinary-Robots at Work #5

How will your job look like in 2050? Join our design competition Empowered by Robots and share your vision on the job of the future. The winners will become part of HUBOT, the job agency for humans and robots. Here you can only find works where humans and robots have an ultimate collaboration. Need some inspiration? Have a look at our series Robots at Work! In this last episode we present you five jobs for the extraordinary, the ones who won’t let themselves be categorized.

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Augmented Bodies

Scientists Create Ghost Heart

Can you imagine having a ghost heart beating in your chest? By bringing back pig hearts to life, this could be possible soon. Worldwide around 25 million individuals suffer from heart failure. With donor organ shortage and rejection approximately 2500 hearts are being transplanted each year. This gap shows the need for sustainable and effective ways to implement heart transplantations, but with all new technologies we need to do some ethical reflection.

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Introducing world's first voice mask designed to protect your privacy.
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A Voice Mask to Protect Your Privacy

Remember Bane from Batman? Now you can look just like him and have private conversations during office hours. Introducing Hushme, a bluetooth headphone designed to protect your privacy and defined the “world’s first voice mask for mobile phones”. Launched at this year’s edition of CES Las Vegas, Hushme is scheduled to hit crowdfunding later this year. While it might look like a tool for sadomasochistic or bondage practices, the voice mask is a highly advanced microphone-enabled mask, intended to stop having your co-workers overhearing your calls. It simply links up to your smartphone and even has a voice-changer. Now that’s a game changer.

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Brainwaves as Password

With daily habits becoming more and more digitalized, such as working, banking and even dating, how can we secure and protect our access to the virtual world? Finger prints are an adequate answer, but now we have another option: brainwaves.

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A clinical startup sells millennial to reverse aging.
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Stay Young with Millennial Blood

One day nanobots will probably travel through our bloodstreams to keep us young and healthy. American author and futurist Ray Kurzweil writes in his book The Singularity Is Near: “When nanotechnology is mature, it’s going to solve the problems of biology by overcoming biological pathogens, removing toxins, correcting DNA errors, and reversing other sources of aging”. Needless to say that day is yet to come, but today we can already inject ourselves with millennial blood to stay young indefinitely, according to clinical startup Ambrosia.

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Sleep and Dream Controller
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Sleep and Dream Controller

The experience of sleep is a personal and intimate one. Although your body is at rest, your mind might take you on a trip to Mount Everest, a dive into a pool of liquid chocolate or a meat and great with your favourite artist. However, your destination might as well be a never ending maze, a pool of critters or a meet and greet with your worst nightmare. Dreams are unpredictable, but since you’re the leading actor, why not be the director too?

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