“Prostheses for Instincts” presented by Hertrich and Reynolds


Session Title:

  • Posthumanism I

Presentation Title:

  • Prostheses for Instincts




  • Abstract

    What if we had devices that induced emotions in a manner similar to instincts, but triggered by non-tangible stimuli? What if we used machines to act as prostheses for instincts we have not yet developed? With this project, I propose a scenario of transhumanity, in which machines induce human emotions, while exploring their aesthetics, functionalities and ethical aspects. This work builds upon a common theme in transhumanism – the augmentation of our natural sensory experiences and thus widening the spectrum of things that we can perceive.

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