Synthetic biology for the senses| Ani Liu | TEDxBeaconStreet

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Can biotechnology be used to create work as moving as music? Where are the thresholds between science and its ability to change our emotional landscape? Lodged between science fiction and science fact, Ani’s work explores implications of emerging technologies.

Ani Liu is a speculative technologist, artist, designer, and researcher at MIT. Lodged somewhere between science fiction and science fact, her work explores the intersection between technology, sensory perception, and the culture & implications of emerging technologies. Her work has spanned the scales of built installations, prosthetic wearables, virtual reality immersions, and synthetic biology as she searches for the epiphanies linking technological innovation with emotional affordance. She trained as an artist at Dartmouth, an architect at Harvard, and now a technologist at MIT, and continually seeks to discover the unexpected through playful experimentation, intuition, and speculative storytelling.

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