As the co-director of the Center for Extreme Bionics at MIT Media Lab, Hugh Herr is working to advance technology leading to the elimination of disability and the reinvention of society through electromechanical enhancements to our bodies. By understanding the electrical signals in our nerves and muscles, he is designing revolutionary prosthetics that not only allow people to walk, but to sense their environments, actually feeling the grass beneath their bare mechanical ?feet.? He is creating machines that will augment and enhance human capabilities in ways that exceed beyond the boundaries of nature and biology. Contributions like Herr?s will mean the next generation of robotic prosthetics may well eliminate the barriers between human limitation and human potential and extinguish the conceptual and social divide between man and machine. In this compelling session at SXSW 2015 -- which included an introduction and interview by Mary Ward-Callan (Managing Director, IEEE Technical Activities) -- Hugh provided insight into how his work goes beyond just repairing damaged bodies and pushes the limits of body hacking.
In this session at SXSW 2015, which included an introduction and interview by Mary Ward-Callan (IEEE Technical Activities), Hugh provided insight into how his work goes beyond repairing damaged bodies and pushes the limits of body hacking.