What She Said: Beauty Technology And DNA Privacy

This week Kris Abel introduces What She Said’s Christine Bentley, Sharon Caddy, and Kate Wheeler to…

Katia Vega is a computer scientist in Brazil who is pushing the boundaries of wearable computing by exploring smart materials for new forms of conductive make-up, facial triggers, and artificial nail sensors.

Here’s a video of her latest project where she uses facial gestures and blinking to control a light display throughout her hair.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a computer programmer who is experimenting with DNA analysis to see just how much personal information we leave around through drinking glasses, wads of gum, or even hair. By creating sculpture of strangers she’s created an art exhibition that promotes thought around what rights we should have when it comes to the harvesting of our DNA data.

Here’s her video explaining the process:


And here’s the links to the apps I mention:

AVG Privacy Fix






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You can catch the show every Tuesday at 11:30 am on Canada Talks Channel 167.

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