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SXSW 2018

Mental Works: Moving beyond our carbon based minds

A brain-computer interface (BCI) researcher and an experimental philosopher discuss the relationship between mind and machine and speculate on possible futures. Their collaboration led to the creation of the Mental Work exhibition, where guests control machines using nothing but their thoughts. Their work is an example of what's possible when research transcends boundaries between art and science, helping us to imagine the role of BCI in the future and discuss what is on the horizon.

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  • Sheila Fakurnejad, Project Manager, Interdisciplinary Programs, swissnex San Francisco
  • Jonathon Keats, Experimental Philosopher, Artist, Self
  • José Millán, Associate Professor, EPFL


Sheila Fakurnejad, Jr Project Coord, swissnex San Francisco

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Level: Intermediate
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