SXSW Interactive 2013

Hack You: The Human Body is the Next Interface


Today's breakthroughs in “Bodytech” include a host of incredible innovations that will to transform our bodies, communication, society -- even the human psyche. This provocative duo presentation, sponsored by IEEE, will address emerging “smart medicines,” medical technologies, synthetic biology, robotics and organic body part replacements. We’ll also highlight new, mobile-enabled biofeedback apps and “spray-on” micro sensors that can support stress management, memory and behaviour modification. Want to stand out in the crowd? Your next tattoo session might include subcutaneous devices that sense emotions and physical touch, and trigger social messaging in your fingers, by changing your hair color and more! A whole new range of body-embedded products are emerging, each carry deep cultural, health, moral and privacy implications. This panel will highlight these issues and discuss a future, where hacking meets the human body.

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  1. How will these new technologies change our perception of the world and of the people in it?
  2. Is this the creation of a new evolutionary branch of humanity, human 2.0?
  3. Are we going too far in modifying the human body in this way, what are the dangers that lie in wait?
  4. Will I live forever?
  5. If I change my body parts and enhance my brain with computational power at what point do I stop being me?


  • Andy Goodman, Managing Director, Fjord
  • Erika Rossi, Interaction Designer, Fjord


Annie Woodhead, Marketing and PR Director, Fjord

Meta Information:

  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Health and Medicine
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced

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