Welcome to the new science of human adaptability.

MIT Media Lab: h2.0 - May 9, 2007

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[watch] Welcome and Keynote:

Welcome: Frank Moss
Introductory Remarks: Susan Hockfield
Master of Ceremonies: John Hockenberry
Keynote: Oliver Sacks

[watch] First Morning Session:

Rosalind W. Picard, "Technology-Sense and People-Sensibility"
Deb Roy, "Memory Augmentation: Extending our Sense of Self"
Cynthia Breazeal, "The Next Best Thing to Being There. Increasing the Emotional Bandwidth of Mediated Communication Using Robotic Avatars"


[watch] Second Morning Session:

Ed Boyden, "Engineering the Brain: Towards Systematic Cures for Neural Disorders"
Douglas H. Smith, "The Brain is the Client: Designing a Back Door into the Nervous System"
John Donoghue, "New Successes in Direct Brain/Neural Interface Design"
"Solutions: A Conversation between John Hockenberry and Michael Graves"


[watch] Afternoon Session:

William J. Mitchell, "Adaptability Writ Large: Smart Cities/Smarter Vehicles"
Hugh Herr, "New Horizons in Orthotics and Prosthetics: Merging Bodies and Machines"
Panel Discussion: Hugh Herr, Aimee Mullins, Michael Chorost
Tod Machover, "Enabling Expression: Music as Ultimate Human Interface"

MIT Media Lab

MIT Media Lab

A One-Day Symposium
May 9, 2007
at MIT's Kresge Auditorium
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Hugh Herr, John Hockenberry

Behind h2.0

Hockenberry 2.0: Acts 1, 2, 3, 4
h2.0 Highlights
MIT News Office Article


On May 9, more than 900 attendees from throughout the world joined members of the Media Lab and special guests for h2.0, a symposium focused on ushering in a new era in human adaptability—an era where technology will merge with our bodies and our minds to forever change our concept of human capability.

The day-long program featured work that is blurring the distinction between "able bodied" and "disabled," demonstrating technologies at the neural-digital interface. Speakers introduced sweeping new research initiatives that will soon benefit us all, from techniques to treat conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or depression, to sociable robots to monitor the health of children or the elderly, to the development of smart prostheses that can mimic-—and even exceed the capabilities of—biological limbs.