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DESIGNING THE FUTURE: A Liberal Arts Major's Guide to Putting the Science in Science Fiction
Invited Lecture

MIT Media Lab

Dec 14, 2022

Invited lecture by Lisa Joy, the screenwriter, producer and director behind Westworld, The Peripheral, Reminiscence and more. This session is open for Q&A. Hosted by Nataliya Kosmyna, Ph.D + Fluid Interfaces group

Augmenting Brains 2022

MIT Museum

Dec 9, 2022

Augmenting Brains' is an all-day, in-person conference dedicated to the discussion of the future of brain sensing. We will cover a variety of topics, including:living implants, memory fabrication, holograms, dreams and more. Also included will be demos and inspiration stations of dream experiences, and other brain-computer interfaces. We will have a deep dive together with our speakers and audience about the multitude of current use cases and form-factors, as well as the future ones. Additionally, we will cover topics such as: hardware, healthtech, entertainment, wellbeing, ethics, and legislation. 'Augmenting Brains' is perfect for BCI aficionados, sci-fi lovers, ethicists, creators, directors, producers, tinkerers, VCs, investors, heads of innovation, lab decision makers responsible for information, technology, strategy, and investment in brain sensing tech. In addition to world renowned scientists from the Media Lab and larger MIT community , we are extremely excited to host speakers and guests all in-person from different institutions around the world with different backgrounds. Please visit the website for registration and more details.

Control a Robot Using Your Brain!

Kendall/MIT Open Space: Robot Petting Zoo

Oct 9, 2022

Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) allow interactions with a computer system by means of one’s brain activity. The most common type of BCIs measure the electrical activity of the brain through Electroencephalography (EEG) by electrodes set non-invasively. To build a BCI, a person is instructed to perform one or more mental actions (e.g. imagine you are moving your hand, or imagine an object), after which a classification algorithm is trained to recognize the recorded activity. For each class of mental activity recognized, an action can be associated and triggered on a computer system. This system can be, for example, a wheelchair, a microwave or …a robot! Come and try it out! To learn more about this technology and how we use it, please visit: https://braini.io

Fiction and Science of Brain Interfacing

MIT Media Lab, Bartos Theater

Oct 5, 2022

Building on 15 years of our experience in designing and creating the most cutting edge interaction – fusion between the brain and computer, brain-computer interfaces, in our project NeuraFutures we are touching upon implanting memories, reading your dreams while you sleep and communicating a thought between two different people throughout the continents. We analyzed 450+ books, movies, TV shows to give our audience a better picture of what brain computer interfaces are and are not. From science to science fiction, from 1641’s brain in a jar to 2021’s Rick and Morty’s memory transfer helmet.

Guided Tour of NeuraFutures Installation

MIT Media Lab, E 14, Lower Lobby, 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Oct 3 - Oct 9, 2022

Building on 15 years of our experience in designing and creating the most cutting edge interaction – fusion between the brain and computer, brain-computer interface, during the guided tour of our NeuraFutures installation we are touching upon the following questions: is it possible to implant memories? read your dreams while you sleep? communicate a thought between two different people throughout the continents? control your dog? We explore together with our audience the multitude of scenarios, use cases, form-factors of some of the most futuristic systems imagined by science fiction over the past 500 years like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, X-Men, Star Trek among others.

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