Ep. 11 – The Future of Human Augmentation at BDYHAX

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In this episode of the Future Grind podcast, host Ryan O’Shea speaks with BDYHAX co-founder Trevor Goodman. BDYHAX, also known as BodyHacking Con, is an annual conference focused on human enhancement, transhumanism, and biohacking. This conference brings together pioneers and thought leaders from varied disciplines, with specific focus on implantable technology, nootropics, health and fitness, wearable tech, and ethics. The third edition will take place from February 2-4, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Noteworthy attendees have included biohackers Rich Lee, Amal Graafstra, Jeffrey Tibbetts, Moon Ribas, and Neil Harbisson, bionic actress Angel Giuffria, the “Eyeborg” Rob Spence, journalists Quinn Norton and Cory Doctorow, science communicator James Young (Future Grind Ep. 9), and many more.

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Show Notes

  • What is BDYHAX? [2:16]
  • How did BDYHAX get it’s start?  [4:43]
  • The focus on personal expression [6:53]
  • Big names at BDYHAX [10:06]
  • The proximity of our (cyberpunk?) future [12:50]
  • Educating the masses about human augmentation [16:30]
  • The difference (or lack thereof) of accepted and taboo modifications [19:13]
  • The media’s fascination with BDYHAX and human augmentation [20:16]
  • Disagreements among various body hacking communities [21:04]
  • Something for everyone at BDYHAX [22:44]
  • Why Austin, Texas? [24:19]
  • The future of BDYHAX [25:16]
  • How to get involved with BDYHAX [26:05]

Mentioned

Dustin Trammell
Quinn Norton
James Young
Grindhouse Wetware
Tim Cannon
John Zerzan
Neil Harbisson
Rob “Eyeborg” Spence
Moon Ribas
Cory Doctorow
Angel Giuffria
NeoSensory
DARPA
Liz Parrish/BioViva
Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow/BioFoundry
NPR story at BDYHAX
Ford Fischer


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