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Friday, October 2 • 3:45pm - 4:25pm
Natural-born Cyborgs: The neuroscience and philosophy of tool use

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The user is more than what’s in front of the screen. In this talk, I’ll show how tools can become natural extensions of the user and explain the neuroscience behind the process. But I’ll also show that tools change us, and in fact even change how we see the world. Some philosophers say that this is the most natural thing ever, and hence call us “natural-born cyborgs” (Andy Clark).

Attendees will learn:

  • how philosophers approach the experience of tool use
  • how the brain assimilates tools like a computer mouse into our body schema
  • how tools change the way we perceive the world
  • what that means for the UX design of tools, interfaces and wearables

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Manuel Ebert

Founding Partner, summer.ai
Manuel is a former neuroscientist who worked on sensory augmentation and mathematical models of perception, before changing fields and becoming a UX designer for startups in the Bay Area.Using his multidisciplinary background, he does research at and writes about the intersection... Read More →

Friday October 2, 2015 3:45pm - 4:25pm EDT
   New Hazlett Theater 6 Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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