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How To Put Your Brain On The Internet: Lessons From A Cyborg

This event is a production of the LINCR Program and the Laboratory for Neuroengineering at Georgia Tech and will be hosted by Steve Potter.

Consult this Google map for nearby parking options. The talk will be in room 144 of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.

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How To Put Your Brain On The Internet: Lessons From A Cyborg
Michael Chorost, Author of World Wide Mind

You check your iPhone so often that it might as well be a part of your body. Why not skip the tiny screen and clunky keyboard and put your brain directly on the Internet?

In this provocative and entertaining talk, author Michael Chorost will show emerging technologies that allow brain activity to be read and altered in unprecedented detail. He'll outline what a future "World Wide Mind" could look like and ask: Would you want to be part of it?

Come watch this fascinating talk, replete with audio simulations of what Dr. Chorost hears as a cochlear implant user and videos of cutting-edge neuroprosthetic technologies.

About the speaker

Dr. Michael Chorost is the author of World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet and Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human.

A graduate of Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, he has given over 110 talks on neurotechnology at venues such as Google, MIT, Brown, Duke, and the Brookings Institute. Between books he freelances for Wired, New Scientist, and other magazines.

Totally deaf since 2001, Dr. Chorost now hears with two cochlear implants. Check out his website at chorost.com and follow him on Twitter @MikeChorost.

Photo credit: Anne Kelley Looney

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  • Marc M.

    Here is a link to the PDF version (9.0 MB) of the slides that Michael Chorost used for his talk. Enjoy!

    http://files.meetup.com/1195565/Michael_Chorost_slides_23_April%2023_2013.pdf

    April 24, 2013

  • Alice W

    Brandon, This was a wonderful presentation. I suggest that you go to www.michaelchorost.com/mchorost-articles.htm These articles cover most of the subject matter discussed. I suggest starting with "The Naked Ear" Technology Review 2008, then "Confessions of a Bionic Man" Washington Post, really amazing is "Algae and Light Help Injured Mice Walk Again" Wired, 2009, and "A True Bionic Limb Remains Far Out of Reach". You won't be disappointed. Enjoy.

    April 24, 2013

  • Brandon M.

    I am way interested but won't be able to make it. Is this event going to be recorded at all? Is it possible to watch it on video later?

    April 22, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Brandon - There was no video recording of this talk, but I've asked to see whether it's possible for the speaker to share his slide presentation. I'll keep you posted. - Marc

      April 23, 2013

    • Brandon M.

      Thanks, Marc.

      April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry - got there, but by the time that I found parking, if I'd walked back, the talk would have been 33% over. If Marc can provide a link to the talk, if it was recorded, that would be great.

    April 23, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Maria - Sorry you had such a difficult time finding parking. I know that that is really frustrating. Although the talk wasn't recorded, I've asked to see if the speaker will make his slides available. I'll post a link as soon as I have one. - Marc

      April 23, 2013

  • John A.

    Unfortunately, won't be able to make it today after all.

    April 23, 2013

  • Kathy

    I'd like to try to come but getting to GA Tech Clough Commons by 11 AM is problematic for me so I may not make it.

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I spoke with Michael Chorost today and he is looking forward to coming to Tech and presenting his fascinating ideas this Tuesday. See you there!

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This talk was not "cancelled" but postponed...to THIS TUESDAY! All are welcome!

    April 21, 2013

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