Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pushes the theme of human augmentation and the rights of those who choose mechanical upgrades. In a case of life imitating art, publisher Square Enis is partnering with CNN's new brand studio Courageous to host the first ever Human By Design conference in New York City on August 3.
The one-day conference will brings a variety of experts to three panel discussions related to the intersection of technology and humanity. The panels include:
- Is Augmentation a human right? - This panel will address how augmentation can be accessible to everyone on the planet.
- Selective vs. Therapeutic - Panelists will discuss who should have the final say on augmentation procedures, doctor or individuals.
- The Future of the Far, Far Next - Discussion will center on what medical advances will enable 10 years from now
The conference will end with the presentation of a Code of Ethics on Human Augmentation, drafted by the Human by Design Board comprised of conference speakers. "The Code is meant to engage a deeper conversation around the issues of human augmentation, while reflecting the specific views of the authors, in an effort to help shape the future of the industry," according to the conference web site.
“Human by Design goes beyond bringing to life the key themes of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided," said Jon Grant, senior product marketing manager at Square Enix. "This conference is a special opportunity for a video game to take pause from the limitless world we play in, and to drive the conversation around what is really happening in the space of human augmentation. Our hope is that the gaming world tunes into the conference and is inspired to get involved as well.”
The conference will also be streamed live on the Deus Ex Twitch channel, as well as CNN's proprietary Launchpad social channel.
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I'll definitely be watching the stream, that sounds really interesting.
The DX facebook page has been periodically putting up news links on advancements in prosthetics, and it's just an awesome and positive marketing move, that reflects well on Square Enix as well as raising interest in the game