Jennifer has been an information security professional for the past 20 years and is currently a Security Intelligence Analyst. Her experience includes reverse engineering malware, penetration testing, vulnerability analysis, and incident response. Jennifer studied biology and psychology and focused her studies on neurology. Her passion for brain science, coupled with computer science, has been a driving factor in her interest in the technological singularity and human/machine integration. In her free time she runs a robotics club for kids and is learning to play the ukulele. She is an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, William Shakespeare, and the oxford comma.
Pwning Evolution or The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Hacking Meatspace
During this talk, we will provide the traditional hacking community with information, details, plans, and an introduction to the biohacking ideology. By applying the hacker mindset to humanity and our biological capabilities and experiences, we believe we can improve our existence in a great many ways. As hackers ourselves, we understand that curiosity, exploration, and exposing and exploiting vulnerabilities are critical in creating change. We apply this mentality to biology and meatspace to create change and evolution in our existence. Whether it is something as simple as creating an ability for a deaf person to “hear” through haptic feedback, or the ability to “heal” genetic wounds, we are always seeking ways of improving our existence and extending humanity beyond its current constraints. This talk is merely an introduction to the subject and should appeal to anyone with a curious or hacking mindset. It is not controversial, yet raises important questions that our community should address. How important are hackers to our world? How can we change it for the better? What is the extent of our capabilities? These are all questions that should be addressed, but first we need to understand what possibilities exist. What can we do to make sure our futures are both rich and abundant, yet secure? This is a question unique to the BSides Tampa audience, and we are eager to explore the response together.