The Blurring Boundary of Biology and Technology: Designing the Future

Dr. Clemens Driessen, Wageningen UR, on how to live with it

Organisator Studium Generale

di 27 januari 2015 20:00 tot 22:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115
Synthetic Biology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Brain Stimulation: the NBIC wave (the technology convergence of Nano-, Bio-, Information Technology and Cognitive Science) is flooding us almost like a tsunami. Medicine in synthetic cells is transported to the exact right place in your body; Google Glass is updating your brain at the spot; by the weight of sperm cells a decision at front can be made between male or female offspring; etc. etc. We nowadays live in a technological culture where the difference between nature and technology is becoming diffuse. Is that exciting or frightening?

What if new technologies are not just threats to life and humanity, but can also be good ways to contemplate these threats? Clemens Driessen will discuss examples of technologies that changed what a cow is or how we may relate to a pig. But these examples also show that we do not just think whatever new technologies want us to: by tinkering and designing we can relate actively to the process in which technology and ethics mutually influence each other. To illustrate this, several products will be unveiled of the “Wageningen Goes Arts and Design” course in collaboration with the Rietveld Academy of Arts in Amsterdam.