Lowell Lecture

Cyborgs, Futurists & Transhumanism: A Conversation

Date & Time

March 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Museum of Science
1 Science Park Boston, MA 02114
Driving Directions


Ed Boyden, PhD, Leader of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group and Associate Professor in the Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute for Brain Research; Mark O’Connell Journalist and Author of To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death; In conversation with Marcelo Gleiser, PhD, Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy, professor of physics and astronomy, and director of the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College

Presenting Organization

Museum of Science


Lisa Monrose, Producer, Adult Programs (lmonrose@mos.org, 617-589-0419)

We've all heard of Terminator, Blade Runner, and other science fiction about cyborgs. But how far is reality from fiction? Can scientists transform humans into machine-like creatures — stronger, smarter, and who knows, even immortal? Join us for a unique conversation between a leading neuroscientist, a humanist, and a physicist about our transhumanist future.

This program is presented as part of a citywide partnership of arts and educational institutions organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston to recognize the outsized role greater Boston has played in the history and development of technology. Information on all the exhibitions and programs can be found at aiai.icaboston.org.

Reception with light bites, cash bar (21+), and opportunity for intimate dialogue between audience and speakers after the formal program.

Advance registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 14 (Monday, March 12 for Museum members) at mos.org/events.