James Stone is a self-described "rhizomatic technologist". James' studies as a hacker-turned-artist have led to his M.F.A. thesis on cyborg plants. Robotic, Augmented and Cyborg Plants is an M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition taking critical theory in the area of human-machine-interface, agricultural science, and cyborgs and explores the philosophical and ethical considerations of allowing plants to utilize technology for their own means. Furthermore, these "plants" will be networked, aesthetically playing homage to the fungi networks of communication in the plant world, with a web based portal, which allows for human-machine/human-machine-plant interaction. These post-natural plants and robotic counterparts will be hosted in an architecturally sculpted immersive environment which aesthetically looks like futurist theme of plant-machine symbiosis.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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