2021-10-19 We Are Cyborg – The Future of Implantable Tech with Tamara Banbury

Hosted by Anna Theus and CapCHI

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Pop culture assures us that cyborgs are inevitable but how might this cyborgian future begin? Will it be military tech that filters to public use like the internet, radar, or duct tape did? Will it be robotics tech that becomes medically effective such as motorized limb & joint prosthetics or eyeball cameras? Or will it be DIY grinders who build tech in their home workshops and jam it into their bodies just to see what happens? Would it surprise you to know that all 3 scenarios are happening all over the world today? What might the UX future look like when people have chip implants, video cam eyeballs, or neural antennae? What policies or regulations should be put in place before we all merge into the Borg?

Tamara is working on her PhD in Communication and Media Studies at Carleton where she also completed her MA in Legal Studies in 2019. She has been working with people known as grinders or bodyhackers who have been experimenting on themselves with implantable tech for the last 10 years. Her research interest began with military grade prosthetics but morphed and grew into finding out more about people who are voluntarily augmenting their bodies for fun, enhancement, and experimentation purposes. Over the course of her research, Tamara has had two microchips implanted in her hands and a biomagnet in her fingertip. Tamara will be discussing the current issues surrounding implants – availability of the tech, lack of medical or regulatory oversight, data rights management and privacy issues and more.

Tamara Banbury

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamara-banbury

 

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About CapCHI

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.  

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