The Future of Being Human – A Conversation with Viktoria Modesta

Broadcast on FEBRUARY 29 – Watch the video below

Join bionic pop artist, musician, and future-thinker Viktoria Modesta and Future of Being Human initiative Director Andrew Maynard for a wide ranging conversation on art, performance, imagination, augmentation, and what it might mean to be human in a technologically advanced world.


This event was broadcast Thursday February 29, 2024, 2:10 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time


Viktoria Modesta

Viktoria Modesta is a bionic pop artist, creative director, musician, and champion of future innovations. Through her work she explores the impact of technology on the future of human lifestyle and culture.

Viktoria first stepped onto the global stage with a performance at London 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony, followed by her compelling viral music/art video Prototype, commissioned by Channel 4. She was an MIT Media Lab Directors Fellow in the 2016 Cohort, a member of the 2019 class of Young European Leaders, and is an ambassador for accessibility space initiative Mission Astro access. Her latest project with the Aurelia Institute tapped into a new frontier of body augmentation in microgravity through tech wearables and architectural fashion.


Andrew Maynard (Host)

Andrew is a scientist, author, Professor of Advanced Technology Transitions, and founder of Arizona State University’s Future of Being Human community. He studies the future and how our actions influence it.


About The Future of Being Human … Unplugged

The Future of Being Human … Unplugged is a series of live streamed conversations that bring together experts and thinkers from very different backgrounds as they explore some of the more intriguing, complex, and profound implications of rapidly developing technological capabilities.

Unscripted, unpredictable, and threaded through with mischievously curiosity, Unplugged aims to push the bounds of how we think about the intersection between advanced technologies, cutting edge science, and the very essence of what it might mean to be human in the future.

And the “Unplugged” bit? We’re unplugging from the usual norms and expectations that so often make online discussions deadly tedious, so no interminable PowerPoint presentations, no long winded opening statements, and no impenetrable monologues – just compelling conversation that’ll make you think.

We’re also unplugging from conventional ideas and often-stifling disciplinary constraints as we explore futures that are anything but conventional.

In other words, expect conversations that engage, entertain, and shake up your world as we explore what it might mean to be human in a technologically complex future!