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John Beardsley Lecture

Date: 10/06/2011

Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Cowles Auditorium Hubert H. Humphrey Center

Cost: See registration for details


In this wide-ranging, future-oriented lecture, Dr. Michael Chorost will honor the legacy of John Beardsley by offering a vision of how technology will change human communications in unimagined, revolutionary ways.

Sharing his own experience through visual and audio demonstrations, he’ll begin by discussing how cochlear implants rescued him from deafness in 2001. The implants taught him how profoundly the human body can be changed by electronics, and led him to write two books, Rebuilt and World Wide Mind.  Chorost will discuss how existing technologies such as Twitter and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) presage new forms of communication akin to telepathy. Then he’ll discuss the truly radical possibilities offered by new technologies such as optogenetics. Technology alone, however, is never enough for genuine communication: he’ll talk about how important it is to remain connected to the human body and our fellow human beings.

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Dr. Chorost.


  • Name: Ada Walton
  • E-mail: Walt0332@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-1723
  • Sponsored by: Journalism and Mass Communication

Reservation Information:

Registration is required, please vist: http://z.umn.edu/beardsley 

More information: http://www.BeardsleyLecture.com

Disability Options: To request disability accommodations, please contact [name, department, e-mail address, phone number].

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