EXPO: Artists | Thinkers | Designers

August 24, 2017 09:04

Next to our keynotes for Your Brain in 2030 on September 5th, we have also invited several artists, thinkers and designers that will help us experience their vision on the future of human enhancement:

  • Erik van der Veen – Robotorium Geestzicht
  • Yfke Laanstra – Bits, Bytes & Consciousness
  • Jelger Kroese – An interactive plant as a learning interface
  • Roland van Dierendonck – Return to Dilmun

Below you can read all about them! (Haven’t got a ticket yet? Click here to register!)

Erik van der Veen – Robotorium Geestzicht

We treat the electronic systems we invent as our slaves. However, with the increasing complexity of their sensoria and information processing abilities, they are becoming more like us. Are we supposed to treat them differently? Are we able to understand the way a machine experiences its surroundings?

Does your laptop feel your fingers on its trackpad? Did we program Furby to be plagued by separation anxiety? Are our modems tormented with the afterimages of our YouTube binging? What would it be like for our vacuum cleaner robots if they were afraid of dirt? What would the internet be dreaming of?

Yfke Laanstra – Bits, Bytes & Consciousness

At the cutting edge of computer technology and human potential

‘In the future we might no longer be born but merely produced, cloned, taken out of suspension, downloaded or printed. In a world full of artificial intelligence and immersed in artificial frequencies.’

Huge changes are taking place, both on the global stage as within ourselves. At the same time computer technology is evolving at an unprecedented and exponential rate. This will radically and fundamentally change our humanity and our reality in the next 15 years. Virtual Reality, ‘wearables’ such as smart watches and the ‘Internet of Things’ are booming. Biology is gradually merging with technology, by means of the implanting of chips, the printing of organs, robots in your blood stream and your mind being uploaded into a computer. What are the implications for our consciousness, wellbeing and humanity? Is this an upgrade or actually a downgrade?

Welcome in the world of Biohacking, Transhumanism, Holistic Hacking and Slow Tech.

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Jelger Kroese – An interactive plant as a learning interface

By integrating a system of sensors and machine learning algorithms in a living plant, we can turn the plant into an interactive educational object. This combines the benefits that both digital tools and the real-life physical experience of nature yield for nature education.

The system enables people to interact directly with living plants to receive information about the parts of the plant that they are interacting with. By touching, smelling and looking at the plant, people can engage in a playful interactive dialogue that aims to teach them about the plant and its environment. This enables a form of experiential learning that integrates cognitive and affective domains in a free-choice learning setting.

Roland van Dierendonck – Return to Dilmun

Günter Seyfried, Roland van Dierendonck, Hansjörg Petschko, Federico Muffatto (2017)

A digital image is translated into synthetic DNA, using a special method. The picture information stored as biochemical molecules allows image retouching using the CRISPR/Cas method.

The CRISPR/Cas system is a prokaryotic immune system, that provides adaptive (acquired) immunity against foreign genetic elements, such as bacteriophage genome injection. In the life sciences this system has been modified for efficient genome editing.

In two types of in vitro experiments we performed image manipulation at the level of molecules. In one we made experiments aiming on efficient on-target cleavage with full length guide RNAs (sgRNA), consisting of 20 nucleotides. In the off-target experiments we decreased the efficiency using sgRNAs with 15 and 12 nucleotides, making indel mutations visible.

The work was presented in the exhibition Nature Animée #2 in April 2017. The experiments were conducted at the Open Wetlab from the Waag Society and were partly financed by the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria via pavillon_35 –  Nature Animée #2.


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