... in which researchers strive to create better human beings and, as a result, a better society.
“Creating better humans.” It conjures up a mental picture of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. And we all know how that turned out.
The reality is far from this at the MIT Media Lab today. With human augmentation technologies, MIT Media Lab researchers are making incredible strides in tackling big challenges of those traditionally called “disabled,” such as amputees and people with autism. However, the Lab’s advancements may eventually help all of us to be better versions of ourselves. And live longer, more productive and more fulfilling lives.
- Learn why legendary Professor Seymour Papert famously declared that there are no “disabled people”—we’re all disabled, just at different levels.
- Hear how Professor Rosalind Picard and her team are using computer technology to help people with autism participate more fully in society.
- Join Professor Ed Boyden as he shows how computer technologies can zero-in on broken connections – and even “broken” cells – in the body’s computer, the brain. This work has promise for correcting genetic conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa. And possibly for Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
- Learn how Professor Hugh Herr’s vastly improved prosthetics technology for amputees might eventually help prevent the elderly from falling or improve athletes’ running performance