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Cyborgs – when technology gets under your skin

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
Plenary / Panel
German and English language

Modern human beings are living in a symbiotic connection with the technology surrounding them, with wearables on and implants in our bodies. The merging of humans and technology are diverse and growing in number. In various ways, artists and scientists are getting engaged in these technological experiments. This raises societal as well as ethical questions. What conclusions can we draw from them?

Professor, Philosophy, Media and Technology, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna
Avant-garde Artist and Cyborg Activist, Co-Founder, Cyborg Arts Ltd., London
Artistic Director, Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, Linz
Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg; Head of Center for Technology Experience, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna Chair

Ph.D. Mark COECKELBERGH

Professor, Philosophy, Media and Technology, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

1999 M.A., Social Philosophy (distinction), University of East Anglia, Norwich
2003 Ph.D., Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham
2001-2002 Research Officer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
2003 Researcher, Université de Liège
Researcher, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Mol
2003-2006 Lecturer, Philosophy, Philosophy Group, Maastricht University, Maastricht
2007-2014 Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Twente; Member, CTIT - Centre for Telematics and Information Technology, Twente
2012-2014 Managing Director, 3TU (now 4TU) Centre for Ethics and Technology, Eindhoven
since 2014 Professor, Technology and Social Responsibility, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, Leicester
since 2015 Professor, Philosophy of Media and Technology, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

Moon RIBAS

Avant-garde Artist and Cyborg Activist, Co-Founder, Cyborg Arts Ltd., London

 Moon Ribas is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her feet that allows her to perceive earthquakes taking place anywhere in the planet through vibrations in real time. In order to share her experience, she then translates her seismic sense on stage. Ribas transposes the earthquakes into either sound, in her piece Seismic Percussion; or dance, in Waiting For Earthquakes. In these performances the Earth is the composer and the choreographer; and Ribas, the interpreter. Ribas’ seismic sense also allows her to feel moonquakes, the seismic activity on the Moon. Ribas believes that by extending our senses to perceive outside the planet, we can all become senstronauts. Adding this new sense allows her to be physically on Earth while her feet feel the Moon, so in a way, she is on Earth and space at the same time. Since 2007 Moon has been experimenting with the union between technology and her body to explore the boundaries of perception and to experience movement in a deeper way. Some of her previous research includes transdental communication, 360° perception and the Speedborg. In 2010 she co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborg art. Ribas also co-founded the Transpecies Society in 2017, an association that gives voice to non-human identities, defends the freedom of self-design and offers the creation of new senses and new organs in community.

Gerfried STOCKER

Artistic Director, Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, Linz

 Media artist and musician. Graduate of the Institute for Telecommunication Engineering and Electronics in Graz. Since 1990, he has been working as an independent artist.
1991 Foundation of x-space, a team for the realization of interdisciplinary projects. In this framework numerous installations and performance projects have been carried out in the field of interaction, robotics and telecommunication. Stocker was also responsible for the concept of various radio, TV and network projects and the organization of the worldwide radio and network project Horizontal Radio in 1995.
since 1995 Artistic director of the Ars Electronica Center and, together with Christine Schöpf, artistic codirector of the Ars Electronica Festival.
 
 Projects and Installations have been shown among others at:
 EXPO - 92 Sevilla; Kunsthalle Bonn - 92; Biennale Venedig '93; ISEA '93 Minneapolis; Interactive Media Festival Los Angeles '94; Digital World Conference Los Angeles '94; SIGGRAPH '94 Orlando; ISEA '94 Helsinki; Dutch Electronic Art Festival - 94 Rotterdam; steirischer herbst '94, '95; Ars Electronica '95; SIGGRAPH '95, Los Angeles; ISEA '95 Montréal; Frankfurter Buchmesse '95; New York Digital Salon '95; Biennale Venedig '97, Millennium Dome London 2000, SIGGRAPH '02 San Antonio.

Mag. Dr. Manfred TSCHELIGI

Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg; Head of Center for Technology Experience, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna

1995 Habilitation for Applied Computer Science (Venia Docendi), Faculty of Social and Economic Science, University of Vienna
1986-2002 Research Associate; Lecturer; Associate Professor; Head of Working Group on Human-Computer Interaction; Institute for Computer Science and Business Informatics, University of Vienna
1995-1996 Professor (C4), Business Informatics, University of Magdeburg
since 1986 Founder and Director, CURE - Center for Usability Research & Engineering
since 2001 Founder and Managing Partner, USECON - The Usability Consultants GmbH, Vienna
since 2004 Univ.-Prof., Human-Computer Interaction & Usability, University of Salzburg
2009-2016 Director, Christian Doppler Labor for Contextual Interfaces, University of Salzburg
2011-2014 Academic Director ICT&S - Center for Advanced Studies in Information and Communication Technologies & Society, University of Salzburg
2012-2015 Co-Head, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Salzburg
2013-2016 Head, Business Unit Technology Experience, Innovation Systems Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna
since 2015 Director, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg
since 2017 Head, Center for Technology Experience, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna

Technology Symposium

show timetable

23.08.2018

09:00 - 10:00Open doors: #ART TECCulture
09:00 - 10:00Start of exhibition TEC-Xperience RoomPartner
11:00 - 11:10Welcome and openingPlenary
11:10 - 12:00RTI TalkPlenary
12:20 - 13:40Precision medicine – medicine’s solution to diversity?Plenary
14:00 - 15:30Nutrition sciencePlenary
18:15 - 19:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria & Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
19:15 - 20:30Die Presse Career lounge for students and young professionalsPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Evening ReceptionSocial

24.08.2018

06:30 - 07:00TU Austria Innovation Marathon: ideas made to order – 24 hours nonstopPlenary
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
07:15 - 08:30Seattle never sleeps: a young, booming innovation hub as this year’s guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Our digital future – how human will it be?Plenary
10:30 - 11:00Lunch snacks for the participants of the breakout sessionsSocial
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 01: The contest for key technologies – Europe’s potentials?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 02: Digitization and diversity – an opportunity for business locationsBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 03: Inequality and resilience in the digital economyBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 04: Gene therapy – intervention in nature or future hopeBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 05: Next-generation batteries: European leading-edge technology to leverage electromobilityBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 06: EU NIS directive and NIS act – what now?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 07: Industrial energy revolution: resilience through innovation?Breakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 08: Digital literacy for allBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 09: Consequences of digital monocultures on societiesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Future disruptive technologies: challenges for modern societiesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Digital life in a physical world: rethinking digitizationBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: The renewability of societal resourcesBreakout
11:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Resilience – how societies can cope with crisesBreakout
16:30 - 17:30Global Talk: #MakeInIndia – India on the fast track?Plenary

25.08.2018

07:00 - 08:30Cyborgs – when technology gets under your skinPlenary
08:50 - 09:50The resilience of democracy and democratic mediaPlenary
09:50 - 10:15Public service strategies in times of digital disruptionPlenary
10:30 - 11:15The physics of everyday thingsPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Snack receptionSocial