Hear true personal stories in this two-part event presented in collaboration with The Story Collider, with support from the National Science Foundation.
Humans have always used technology to extend their abilities. Wheels, bows and arrows, steam engines, cars and telephones have changed history by enhancing what a person can do. This technology is extending the abilities of all people, shading the distinction between the disabled and the able bodied. Amputees competing in the mainstream Olympics are just the most visible manifestation of this change. As new technologies emerge, the blind will see, the deaf will hear, and soldiers ravaged by war will regain their participation in daily life. And for all of us, the shortsighted, the distracted, the forgetful, and those of us who don’t get to the gym very often, new technologies will continue to augment our abilities and extend our lives.
In some cases, this is an unalloyed good, but there are ethical questions of who gets access to this technology and how it will affect the patterns of life, death and society shaped over millennia. The Story Collider and the NYSCI have brought together diverse stories that embed this millennial change in personal narratives. These will be presented in two events.
Technology Plus Co-Presented with Eyebeam
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Doors open at 7:00 pm; Show begins at 7:30 pm
Location: Eyebeam, 540 West 21st St., New York, NY 10011
Learn from designers and users of assistive technology, who will share their experiences with technology as prosthetic. What do we – able-bodied, disabled, and everyone along that spectrum – use to get through the day? From robotic legs to bits of wire, designers and end users are hacking their worlds to make them more accessible.
Tickets: $10 (includes beer/wine reception)
Human Plus Stories: The Wounded Warrior
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Doors open at 6 pm; Show begins at 7 pm
Location: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY 11368
Learn from soldiers and rehabilitation experts about how technology is enhancing and changing the lives of soldiers who return home with a permanent physical disability.
Tickets: $10 (includes reception inside the Human Plus exhibit)