Andrew Pelling

KEYNOTE: Scientist, TED Fellow

Closing Keynote

“Internet of Human”

IoT clearly has numerous economic applications that will have a profound impact on the way our technological networks gather, store, exchange and react to information. Naturally, it comes as no surprise that there is intense interest in developing the technologies, protocols and best practices to deal with current and future trends in the IoT.

In this talk Andrew shifts focus away from these key innovations and examines how underlying IoT technologies can be decontextualized to deeply engage human interactions and behaviours.

Using a series of playful inventions from his lab at U Ottawa and others as examples, he considers how IoT enables meaningful modes of intervention and manipulation in the Internet of Human.

About Andrew Pelling

Award winning Scientist, Professor, Entrepreneur, TED Fellow and TED speaker, Andrew Pelling has built a career on unapologetic curiosity, creativity and serendipity. Andrew is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa, where he founded and directs a curiosity-driven research lab that brings together Artists, Scientists, Social Scientists and Engineers. The lab uses low-cost, open source materials and methods to explore speculative living technologies of the future. He has, for instance, created human body parts made from plants and grown living skins on LEGOs – innovations with the potential to replace prohibitively expensive commercial biomaterials. Andrew is also the co-founder and CTO of Spiderwort, a mission driven company developing open source platforms to enable the widespread and global adoption of biological research in all environments and economic contexts. Most recently, Andrew founded pHacktory, a street-level research lab in Ottawa that amplifies community ideas through a potent mixture of craft, serendipity and curiosity.

Andrew’s work has been in the international media spotlight for many years, with recognition in outlets such as Wired, Huffington Post, NPR, Scientific American, Popular Science, BBC, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Welle and others, as well as numerous highlights in the Canadian media and Scientific media. In 2016, he was named a TED Fellow, one of 21 people chosen annually by the TED organization who are considered to be the most disruptive and transformative change-makers in the world.

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