Joe Carvalko: The Coming of Cyborg-Assisted Life

Friday, May 8th 2015 at 7:00 pm
Friday, May 8th 2015 at 8:30 pm
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Implications of Interfacing In-The-Body Technologies to the Outer World

Joe Carvalko discusses state-of-the–art implant technology, near term applications, and conjectures on the arrival of the cyborg. Medical technology verges on the widespread incorporation of in-the-body anatomical processors with the computational power of the Watson IBM computer, and capable of communicating over the Internet. As the size of the computer spirals downward, its use will extend lifespans, enhance intellect, and allow our physiological processes to control technology in the outer world (in one mode, via thought), and allow cybernetic/computational technology from the outer world to in turn control bodily processes. Within the next generation, synthetic DNA and artificial intelligence (A.I) will converge, bringing new diagnostics, medical treatment and smart nano-prosthetics. A prosthetic genome hastens the day when replaceable human organs will be constructed from a fusion of living organisms and non-living materials with A.I. enhancements. The diffusion of this technology into the population risks creating a world of “haves” that can afford and “have nots,” that cannot afford superior skills, intellect and longevity. Issues will emerge about who controls the firmware, and for what purpose, and who will own body-generated data (every heartbeat, whim, and dream) stored both in embedded devices and the cloud. Gradually, a pervasive acceptance of in-the-body technology, designed largely by technologists, will usher in the age of the cyborg.

Joseph R. Carvalko, author, lawyer and inventor, devotes his attention to new technology and law. He is an adjunct professor of Law, Science and Technology at Quinnipiac University School of Law; a member of the IEEE, Soc. on Social Implications of Tech.; member of the ABA, Sec. of Science and Technology Law, and former ed. board member of SciTech Lawyer and former chair of the Behavioral Sciences Committee. He is also a member of the Yale Community Bioethics Forum of the Program on Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine; a member of the Yale Technology and Ethics working research group. Recently, he co-authored (with Cara Morris) The Science and Technology Guidebook for Lawyers (ABA Pub., 2014) and authored The Techno-Human Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap (Sunbury Press, 2012). As a researcher and engineer, he has worked in radar, optics, A.I. (pattern recognition), biomedical devices and communications. He holds 12 patents (1978-2014, some jointly) in electronics, biomedical, and computers. He holds a JD, Quinnipiac University School of Law, BS in Electrical Engineering, Fairfield University, and a MFA from Fairfield University.