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Can we hack the brain and link it with technology to advance mankind? Karl will explain his work on hacking the senses, to expand and augment the human brain. Ioannis will introduce brain computer interfaces for controlling the human body. If you want to learn about the research needed for cyborgs and super humans, this is the talk for you. Suitable for all audiences - no science knowledge needed.
Brain Plasticity and Sensory Superpowers
Karl Sainz Martinez (PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering)
Human enhancement through technology, such as with cyborgs or genetic supersoldiers, is a staple of science fiction. But what if we could use technology to give ourselves superpowers, without having to mess with our genes or go under the knife? This talk explores the topic of Sensory Augmentation, and the use of brain plasticity to hack the brain into creating new senses by feeding alternative stimuli to the existing ones. We will briefly discuss the philosophical background for sensory augmentation, then talk about work to date and current research directions.
Technology and Mind Control?
Our brains are the most complex structures in the universe! But can we use technology to better understand our minds, and extend our ability to interact with the world, computers, and even each other? In this talk, I will present the cutting-edge research and technology on decoding our brain signals and using them to control machines. I will explain how we can decode the brain, and examine the restrictions of mind reading technology. Finally, I will explore how this technology is making a positive impact on people’s lives, and share a glimpse of the future of mind reading research.