‘I Am Human’ Film Screening and Panel Discussion
2020 December 02
IEEE Brain and the International Neuroethics Society are holding a 1-hour panel discussion on the award-winning documentary, ‘I Am Human’ from 3:00–4:00 pm EST on December 2. The film explores the co-evolution of humans and technology by following three subjects with implantable brain interfaces and discussing the ethical implications of this technology on society.
As researchers develop new brain implants and continue to unlock the secrets of the brain, society is forced to consider what it means to be human. Will the brain technologies used today in medicine eventually lead to superhuman abilities or a revolution of our sense of self?
To explore these challenges and the ethical issues raised by advances in brain science, IEEE Brain and the International Neuroethics Society are organizing a virtual film screening and a panel discussion looking at the feature documentary ‘I am Human,’ which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Our panel of experts will explore various technological and ethical issues raised in the film and address questions submitted by participants. Panelists include:
- Nita Farahany, Duke Law School – Leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, who is a frequent commentator for national media programs and is interviewed in this documentary
- Jennifer French, Neurotech Network – Accomplished athlete, writer, and speaker who organizes patient engagement initiatives and advises corporations and not-for-profit organizations working in the neurotechnology industry
- Jacob Robinson, Rice University – Innovative researcher who uses nanofabrication technology to create miniature devices that manipulate and monitor neural circuit activity
- Joseph J. Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College – Leading scholar and clinician with a focus on the ethical and policy issues related to brain injury and disorders of consciousness, who will serve as moderator for this panel discussion
This online event is free and open to the public. You must register in advance to participate. Included in the registration confirmation email are details and a link to join the panel discussion, as well as a link and password to stream the film on Vimeo (available through December 3, 2020).
- Watch the 90-minute film at your convenience (through December 3)
- Join the 60-minute online panel discussion at 3:00 pm EST on December 2 (via Zoom webinar)