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Event 19 of 35

Harry Parker

Hybrid Humans: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Man and Machine
In conversation with Emily Mayhew

Starts at: Tuesday 18 October 7:45 PM
Finishes at: Tuesday 18 October 8:45 PM

Harry Parker lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. Grappling with a changed life, different identity as well as disability, he is introduced to a whole new world. This world of robotics and technological advances in medicine, and of wearable devices, has endless possibilities. It can all seem as good, if not better, than human biology but the benefits come with costs: the cost of pain, of damage to the body, of being stared at and seen as other; of anxiety and dependence.

Parker’s story is a tour of the scientific avant garde, but his focus is always on the human heart and mind, and the realities of everyday life that encompass both pain and beauty.

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