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Robotics Debate – A Future of Cyborgs: Would you trade your biological parts for bionic ones?

October 13, 2022 11:00am EST

Recent work in robotics, artificial intelligence, and biomechanics have been accelerating the development of new prosthetic devices and exoskeletons. 3D printing has made fabrication of new devices a lot easier. Implantable life saving bionic devices, such as pacemakers, have been used for some time. Other implantable devices include cochlear implants to restore hearing to individuals who experience severe hearing loss. However, implantable bionic devices post some significant risks to the individuals who receive them. During this session, the panel will debate whether or not they will trade their biological parts for bionic ones.

Two participants will debate that they would trade their biological parts for bionic ones while the other two participates will debate that they will not. Each debater will be allotted 5 minutes for their opening statements followed by 20 minutes of rebuttals. The debate will close with a Q&A session from the audience.

The debate will be moderated by Amber Mac and will feature Dr. Audrey Sedal (McGill University), Lane Desborough (Nudge BG), and Dr. Matthew Robertson (Ingenuity Labs). We’re still working on finalizing our last panel member so please check back here periodically for more details!