CIE EMT/BME Talk Title - Human Augmentation


“Human Augmentation: Blurring the line between Biology and Technology”

In recent lists of Emerging Technologies there is an ever increasing emphasis on “human related” technologies such as biochips, brain-computer interfaces, artificial tissue, the most prominent one being “Human Augmentation”.

Human Augmentation can be described as the natural, artificial, or technological alteration of the human body in order to enhance physical or mental capabilities. Many different forms of human enhancing technologies are either on the way or are currently being tested and trialed. A few of these emerging technologies include: human genetic engineering (gene therapy),

neurotechnology (neural implants and brain–computer interfaces), cyberware, nanomedicine, and 3D bioprinting. Physical enhancements include cosmetics (plastic surgery & orthodontics), Drug-induced (doping & performance-enhancing drugs), functional (prosthetics & powered exoskeletons), Medical (implants (e.g. pacemaker) & organ replacements. Computers, mobile phones, and Internet can also be used to enhance cognitive efficiency.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems.

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