Augmented Humans

Stronger. Faster. Smarter.
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Imagine. You simply think it and it's done. You don a wearable and enhance your natural strength and resilience. Or you add a tattoo and store information or control your phone or tablet.

Thought-provoking, isn't it?

Once the exclusive purview of science fiction, human augmentation (also known as human enhancement, transhumanism, or H+) is becoming reality. Today's innovations in science and technology are creating the human of tomorrow.


Our presenters help us to understand the potential of innovation and technology to dramatically expand human capabilities.

Internationally recognized science fiction writer, Greg Bear, kicks the evening off with a brief introduction.

Neuroscientist and sound artist Tom Deuel, MD, PhD explores the power of the brain to control a range of activities, including muscial instruments. He'll also demonstrate his Encephalophone, a musical instrument controlled directly and in real time from brain signals.

Russ Angold discusses the innovations in exoskeleton technology that enable us to rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable.

At the conclusion of our program, Greg Bear leads a Town Hall-style Q&A session to address questions from the audience.

Join us October 19 to explore the innovations and challenges of creating tomorrow's stronger, faster and smarter human.


Event Schedule

5:30p – 6:30p  Networking / No-Host Bar / Light Snacks

5:45p – 6:15p  STEM presentation for students

6:30p – 6:40p  Opening Remarks by Jimmy Jia

6:40p – 8:00p  Presentation

8:00p – 8:30p  Town Hall-style Q&A, moderated by Greg Bear



For sponsorship opportunities, contact Adam Schuster



Greg Bear

Presenter and science fiction author Greg Bear
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Greg Bear is an internationally recognized science fiction writer and illustrator, and winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards. He was also a founding member of ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction Artists.

Greg wrote is first novel at nineteen and has published more than 70 books to date. His latest novel is Just Over the Horizon, published in 2016.

In addition to his writing, Greg has lectured around the world on literary, scientific, and technological subjects. He has lso served on political and scientific action committees and has advised Microsoft Corporation, Xbox, the U.S. Army, Sandia National Laboratories, Homeland Security, and other groups and agencies.



Thomas Deuel, MD, PhD

Thomas Deuel is a neuroscientist, sound artist and neurologist.

He is currently a practicing neurologist at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, specializing in acute stroke and neurophysiology. Thomas is also an Affiliate Professor at the Center for Digital and Experimental Arts (DXArts) at the University of Washington where he teaches a course called Art and Brain. His Deueling Thumbs StudioLab is a hybrid between scientific laboratory and art studio. It's where he invented and developed the Encephalophone, a musical instrument controlled directly in real time from brain signal.

Thomas received his B.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, after initially concentrating in Music Composition.  He received both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University, where his doctoral dissertation focused on genetics and neurophysiology of cortical development. In parallel, he studied jazz composition and performance at New England Conservatory in Boston.

Russ Angold

Presenter Russ Angold
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Russ Angold is a co-founder of Ekso Bionics and has been developing wearable robotics for over eleven years. The company applies the latest technology and engineering to help people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable.

Russ holds numerous human augmentation patents and his breakthroughs have transformed exoskeletons from science fiction to practical products. He advances exoskeleton technology for a wide variety of industrial and construction applications. 

Russ has a diverse background working in Industrial Automation, Consumer Products, and Construction fields. He is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Town Hall (Downstairs)

1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

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