75 min.
Panelgesprek (75 min.)

In true Lab Rats! fashion, Imagine’s yearly science programme Things to Come will focus on the marriage of the human body and technological advancement. Bio hacker, futurist and writer Peter Joosten, researcher and biomaterial specialist Dan Jing Wu and film professor and moderator Patricia Pisters will discuss the current status of ‘human augmentation’, from artificial arteries to organoids and from brain implants to tissue regeneration. How do the scientific discoveries of today relate to sci-fi and speculative fiction from the past and present, such as Vesper, Crimes of the Future, Upgrade and of course Frankenstein and bio hacking classic Tetsuo. How can smart molecules repair and replace human tissue? What does it take to become ‘superhuman’? And where does one draw the line between using technology to enhance our bodies, rather than to just heal them?  

 The panel will be accompanied by clips from fantastic films and the audience is encouraged to think and talk along. Afterwards and later in the week, you can watch one of the special Lab Rats! film screenings in the programme, like Tetsuo II or Vesper

Patricia Pisters is professor of film at the Department of Media Studies of the UvA. Her book New Blood in Contemporary Cinema: Women Directors and the Poetics of Horror appeared with Edinburgh University Press in 2020. She writes and teaches about the role of film in respect to (collective) consciousness, psychedelics and about elemental media.  

Peter Joosten is a futurist, biohacker, and keynote speaker. He wrote the book Supermens’ and investigates the impact of human augmentation and transhumanism in his keynotes, on his blog and YouTube channel. Peter is a guest lecturer at the TU/e and an associate at Next Nature. 

Dan Jing Wu is a researcher at Dankerslab (TU/e). She is also an entrepreneur, speaker, blogger and ambassador for KNAW Faces of Sciences. Part of her research focuses on repairing and replacing tissues in the body with the help of biomaterials (‘plastic’) which imitate biological interactions.