Ryerson Webseries: Bionik Labs Transcript

Having gone to Hong Kong for the break, I left with an interview to transcribe and a book to read. Having recently removed my wisdom tooth (as in 2 days ago), I sat on my couch and started transcribing. It takes me so much longer when the person has an accent, even though Thiago’s wasn’t a thick accent it still took me a little longer. It’s possible that painkillers and the antibiotics I was taking (post-removal) wasn’t helping. Thiago and Michał started their own company last year after having developed a mechanical prosthetic arm that used compressed air to create movement and EEG (reading brainwaves) to control the arm. I heard about their project last year and was really impressed with what a 2nd and 3rd year biomedical engineers could do, having met Michał in first year.

Thiago talked about the responses that the prosthetic arm got from different communities and Ramona asked about merging man with machine, bringing up Ray Kruzweil. She asked him to express his opinion on technology destroying evolution and if he would ‘augment’. Ethics came up in the interview and Thiago wouldn’t mind getting artificial organs to replace damaged ones, but wouldn’t considered cutting of his arm just for a robotic one.

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About Cristal Sung

Cristal is a new media designer, who believes in the importance of feeding the soul with art, culture, and food. Her work focuses on themes of identity, sociopolitical problems and the concept of beauty. Cristal is from Hong Kong and studies in Toronto.

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