These days no one is surprised by medical implantables in our bodies. We use them to improve vision, hearing, or regain movement. And what if we, humans, will implant state-of-the-art devices into our bodies to expand our capabilities as a species? In popular culture cyborgs (from the Terminator to RoboCop) have always been presented as callous monsters. However, people with technologically enhanced body parts have long been living among us. The people in this documentary break stereotypes by being perfect examples of the innovative alliance of technology and man. Gamers play without keyboards and joysticks wearing just super-sensitive VR headsets. A young resident of a metropolis feels colors like melodies. For this, he uses a camera that turns visual impulses into sound sequences. An elderly woman treats negative symptoms of Parkinson’s disease through a system that restores muscle memory. The day-to-day experience of these people changes our understanding of neuroscience and facilitates medical research. After watching these stories our brains and bodies do not seem to be so perfect anymore. Cyborgs Among Us is an ambitious film about how many of us voluntarily turn into cyborgs. It questions the idea of humans as the pinnacle of evolution on the planet. There seem to be no visible limits for improvement.
There is no limit to perfection: why do people become cyborgs?
These days physical perfection takes radically different forms. While some practice meditation and drink soylent, others enhance their bodies with magnetic keys and artificial retina. We invited researchers working on cyber implants and genetic tests to discuss how science and technology affect our bodies, health, and self-perception.
The discussion will be moderated by Evgeny Nasyrov, director of the Open Laboratory project.