Theme: Still Human
Venue: Nationaltheatret
Date: 3rd of May 2017

Photos: Flickr
Videos: YouTube-playlist


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 The world is moving increasingly faster, and technology is integrated in nearly all aspects of life. Self-driving vehicles, smart-homes, 3D-printers and robots are becoming part of the new normal. We read news from all over the world and share our own news for the world to see. In a split second, a moment in New York can be spread to New Delhi. We are more intertwined than ever before and more impacted by each other’s cultures and policies. The world may become smaller, but we are moving further and further apart from each other


So what does it mean to still be human??

Our needs, feelings and dreams have not changed. We still thrive for understanding, love and respect. All humans. In an ever changing world it might be more important than ever to look out for each other and be hopeful for the future.

"In an ever changing world it might be more important than ever to look out for each other and be hopeful for the future."


Andreas Wahl

Andreas Wahl is a Norwegian physicist and host of "Folkeopplysningen" and "Med livet som innsats" on the National broadcaster NRK. Wahl has a Masters degree from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has written several books, and frequently tours Norway with science shows and lectures.

Putting his life on the line in trusting scientific laws and principles, his television stunts got world wide attention in 2016, with over 20 million YouTube views.

At TEDxOslo, Andreas will talk about the value of being wrong, in science and in life. 


What does “Still Human” mean to you?

As a technology optimist, "Still human" reminds me of the shortcomings technology still has in copying or interact with humans.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

It has to be one from the late Hans Rosling, one of my heroes.

Jan Grue

Jan Grue is a Professor of Qualitative Methods at the Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo. His research is on the body and embodiment, cultural representations, disability, and illness. He is the author of a novel, several collections of short stories, and children's books. 

His presentation will focus on the human quest for perfection. The basis is his experience of fatherhood, in general and as a wheelchair user - it deals with the desire to have a perfect baby, but also with the many things we do to perfect ourselves through self-monitoring and self-improvement - and why "perfection" is a very narrow goal - and, historically speaking, a very strange goal.



What does "Still Human" mean to you?

It means acceptance of our limitations, but also of our diversity - remembering that humanity encompasses a great many ways to live our bounded, relatively short lives and to create meaning.

What is your favourite TED Talk?

I really like Aimee Mullins' "My 12 pairs of legs". It starts out with a visual impression of a (disabled) superhuman, since Mullins is a world-class athlete and model, but quickly shifts towards humanization - she tells the story of all the practical details that allow her to enter the stage in the way that she does.



Marie E. Rognes

Marie E. Rognes, PhD, is a Chief Research Scientist at the Section for Computing and Software at Simula Research Laboratory and a founding member of the Young Academy of Norway. Her research focuses on developing mathematical models and computer algorithms to better understand human health and disease. Rognes won the prestigious 2015 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software, and was awarded a 2016 European Research Council Starting Grant and a 2015 Young Research Talents Grant.

Her presentation will address the question: How does someone use mathematics to create future solutions for medical diagnostics and treatment?

Mathematics is a language for describing differences, movement and change within and around us. By expressing mathematical models that mirror the human body, we pave a new technological path for understanding and studying it.



What does "Still Human" mean to you?

To me, "Still human" is about humbleness and hope. Humbleness to recognize that there is still so much that we do not know about the human body, and hope for finding new ways to explore and understand.

What’s your favourite TED talk ?

My favorite TED talk is one that I remember vividly from my first viewing of it and still enjoy: Hans Rosling's legendary "The best stats you have ever seen" from 2006. His fearless and non-pretentious take on the statistics of global development was truly inspirational.

Ellen Støkken Dahl &
Nina Dølvik Brochmann

Ellen Støkken Dahl (25) and Nina Dølvik Brochmann (29) are medical students, sexual health workers and the authors of the book The Wonder Down Under (Gleden med skjeden). Their mission is to empower young people through better sexual education and research-based information about their bodies. 

The hymen is still the most misunderstood and dangerous part of the femalebody. From honor killings to “virgins” with regular anal sex, they take you on a journey of what the hymen really is and what it still means to women across the world. In their work with teenagers and young adults they have experienced the emergence of new problems tied to sex and looks. Sex has become an area of achievement and young adults have lost sight of what "normal" actually means, what it entails to have a human body. Ellen and Nina want to remind people that to be human is still more than enough.



What does "Still Human" mean to you?

In our work with teenagers and young adults we have experienced the emergence of new problems tied to sex and looks. Sex has become an area of achievement and young adults have lost sight of what "normal" actually means, what it entails to have a human body. We want to remind people that to be human is still more than enough.

What’s your favourite TED talk ?

Our absolute favourite TED talk is Amy Cuddy´s “Your body language shapes who you are”. As many others, we have struggled with nervousness and “imposter syndrome” in our professional lives, and have now made it our routine to do power posing together before holding big talks. It helps! We love how she takes scientific findings and convert them into manageable tools for people in their everyday lives.

Hadia Tajik

Hadia Tajik is the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice at the Parliament. She studied journalism at Stavanger University College and has a Master’s degree in human rights from Kingston University in England, and a Law Degree from the University of Oslo. 

Tajik grew up in Bjørheimsbygd in Strand in Rogaland with parents who immigrated from Pakistan in the 70’s. 

At the age of 23 years old, Tajik was employed as a political advisor for Jens Stoltenberg, and was the youngest employee at the Office of the Prime Minister of all time. Later she worked as a political advisor at the Ministry of Justice. 



Tajik was elected into Parliament for the first time in 2009. In 2013 she was appointed the Minister of Culture and was then the youngest ever Minister in Norway.


Hilde Marie Holsen

Improvised soundscapes with real time processed horn is the core of Hilde Marie Holsen’s exploration of the interaction between trumpet and electronics. The music can be described as quite contemplative and drenched in melancholia, but there is also room for noise, great dynamics and plenty of drama. Her debut album, Ask, was released on the record label Hubro spring 2015, and was critically acclaimed by amongst others The Wire, The Guardian and The Quietus.



Hilde Marie Holsen hails from Jølster, western part of Norway, but resides in Oslo. She has a MA in performed music technology from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and a BA in jazz trumpet from the University of Agder.

Einar Øverenget

Einar Øverenget has a Ph.D in Philosophy, and is partner Academy of Humanities, asst. professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. His aim is to make philosophy accessible and relevant for people of different training and careers, and also for people in their private lives – and the objective is to stimulate thinking.

Øverenget will talk about "why good people do bad things".

Although human beings are capable of having moral standards, moral principles and core values, and also to act according to these – we are also capable of having normative convictions and still act against them. We do that by means of moral neutralization, and he intends to describe a number of neutralization-techniques we use in order to neutralize our moral objections. It is important to understand that (i) there is no such thing as good or bad people, but people capable of doing good and bad and (ii) even people with the most admirable principles are capable of doing bad things, and (iii) what is going on when that happens.


What does "Still Human" mean to you?

For me it means that however fast and radical the technological change will be, there will still be certain fundamental human issues that never change. One of these issues is the relation between thinking and action, between knowing and doing.

"It is important to understand that (I) there is no such thing as good or bad people, but people capable of doing good and bad and (II) even people with the most admirable principles are capable of doing bad things, and (III) what is going on when that happens."

Silje Onstad Hålien

Silje Onstad Hålien is the first woman in Norway to dance halling on an elite level. During her nine years as a dancer and choreographer she has contributed to strengthening and developing the field of folk dance on stage. In 2015 she was awarded "Artist of the year" at Folk Music Awards for her artistic work and performances.

In her work she explores how the powerful and acrobatic steps of the Norwegian traditional dance together with creative energy and innovative use of the movements can express different relations, moods and emotional landscapes. Working closely with live music she is always seeking new ways of making traditional dance contemporary.



She will perform a duet with Andreas Ljones, a dancing fiddler from Lillehammer. Together they run a dance company called Villniss. In their duet they will push the boundaries between music and dance to create a playful and expressive performance.

Miloš Novović

Miloš Novović is a doctoral fellow at University of Oslo, Faculty of Law. He comes from Montenegro; prior to moving to Norway, he studied intellectual property law in the US, as a Fulbright scholar at The George Washington University. Deeply passionate about the interaction of law and technology, he writes about intellectual property laws and their potential to affect our everyday – analogue and digital – lives.
Miloš will talk about the ways that online companies control our digital content. When we sign up to use online services – like Google, Facebook, Twitter – we are presented with a long list of legal terms that very few people read, and even fewer understand. Yet within those terms, online companies state that users give them the right to use their content as they see fit: to modify it, publish, use for commercial purposes, or keep it forever.


This way, users effectively relinquish control over their content – and laws that we have do little to stop this from happening. A Facebook photo of your family eating a pizza can become an ad for a nearby restaurant, shown to your friends over and over again – and your legal options are severely limited.

We therefore need an urgent reform in order to ensure that we remain in control of our digital content – and that things that we create and post truly stay ours.

Hamsika Premkumar

Hamsika Premkumar is 23 years old, a medical student, former leader of UN Students Hordaland and has been working with various volunteer organizations such as Bergen Red Cross, Norwegian Cancer Society and SOS children's villages. She came to Norway as a refugee from Sri Lanka in 2002. The war in Sri Lanka has shown her how it is like to live with fear for your own life, the fear of not being safe even at the hospital or school. As a 9 year old child, all she wanted was to be safe with her family.
Premkumar wants to take you through her journey that led to the life she now lives in Norway, and several people who have made a great impression on her.



Hamsika views "Still human" as a reminder for us all. Humans should be treated as humans, and not as numbers and statistics.

Christina Farr

Christina Farr is a journalist covering health, technology and the future of medicine.

It wasn't too long ago that most doctors thought it would be for the best to hide cancer diagnoses from their patients. Much has changed since the 1960s. Now, patients are actively monitoring their steps, sleep and blood pressure, and bringing that information to the doctor's office. As a health-technology reporter, she has covered the opportunities and challenges that have arisen from the shift from medical paternalism to patient-directed care. It's a new paradigm, and that will affect everyone. We are all patients and/or caregivers at some point in our lives.



Christina tells us that, as a reporter, the term "still human" resonates deeply with her. She typically writes human interest features that highlight real patient stories, rather than focusing on businesses. That's the only way to build empathy with her readers.

Anne Hilde Neset

Anne Hilde Neset is the new director of Kunstnernes Hus, an art centre located next by the Palace park in Oslo. She was previously the Artistic Director for the Norwegian national contemporary music organisation nyMusikk (New Music), where she established the international festivals Only Connect and the music-literature festival Off The Page Oslo.

She has her professional background from London where she worked as Deputy Editor of the The Wire, a prizewinning international music publication. She also worked at Rough Trade record shop and Institute of Contemporary Art London. She is the co-founder of Electra Productions, an art agency specialising in commissioning, producing and exhibiting art projects across disciplines, and which has collaborated with institutions such as South London Gallery, Tate Modern, Portrait Gallery and Barbican Centre.



She is one of the presenters of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction programme, and has worked as lecturer internationally - at Bergen & Oslo Academy of the Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of the Arts London and many others. She also devised and taught the lecture series Sound and the 20th Century Avant Garde at Tate Modern and worked as a tutor of music writing at the historic International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt.

Fredrik Høyer

Fredrik Høyer is a word poet and writer from Drammen. He is best known for his performances with spoken words/stunt poetry, where he performs in literary, musically, and cultural contexts. It can be described as a combination of traditional poetry, rap, stand-up and theatre monologue.

Fredrik will perform the poem "*let go*" written by himself, with music by DJ Bendik Baksaas and visuals by Daniel Mahal. The poem represents the future, both a terrible warning and a set of wonderful possibilities.


Jim Tørresen

Jim Tørresen is a professor at the University of Oslo where he leads the Robotics and Intelligent Systems research group. He has been involved in artificial intelligence research for more than 25 years and has published more than 150 scientific papers in international journals, books and conference proceedings. Ten tutorials and a number of invited talks have been given at international conferences and universities. He has also been involved in popular science dissemination through talks and writing a general public book in Norwegian about artificial intelligence.

At TEDxOslo, artificial intelligence will be explained in a simple way and how it will impact us. The talk will be about technology that can adapt through learning. It applies mechanisms in humans and nature combined with computing resources. This technology will adapt to each user, and the need for us adapting to and learn how to use the technology will be reduced. It will have widely different application areas like smartphones and service robots.



What does "Still Human" mean to you?

Artificial intelligence will keep on transforming our society and how we interact with technology. Still, we would not adopt technology we don't need or see a preference in using. Thus, this gives humans a major control of what devices and systems we will be surrounded with in the future and in what way it will impact us. This would be important for us humans to continue to be humans and having social interaction but benefiting from applying technology in supporting our lives and interaction with others.

Marius Holm

The reality of our changing climate is a global problem, one which relies on local solutions in order to bring the development of climate change to a halt. The core of Marius Holm's presentation explores how ten cities, or smaller nations, can take the lead on zero-emission solutions and change the current course of action. Using Norway as a case study, he explains how one nation alone can disrupt the business model of fossil fuelled transportation forever by creating a market for zero-emission vehicles. In his presentation, Marius explores the 'economy of gadgets' and demonstrates that when there is a market, the rest of the world will eventually follow suit.  


Marius Holm is the managing director of the Zero Emission Resource Organisation (ZERO), an independent, non-profit NGO, dedicated solely to identifying and promoting zero-emission solutions and their benefits. By favouring dialogue over conflict and focusing on opportunities instead of restrictions, ZERO works to motivate and inspire change. Marius has throughout his career distinguished himself as a clear and knowledgeable spokesperson and climate activist. He has a Master of Science in Financial Economics and Resource Management from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences"