Tackling the Greatest Challenge of the 21st Century:

Understanding the Human Brain

Brain science is at a tipping point, entering a new era in which an ever deeper understanding of how the brain works will challenge our very sense of what it means to be human.

Through citizen juries, online discussions, participatory science, and other means, The Brain Dialogue aims to share the journey. And to share it with everyone — opera singer, engineer, CEO, or chef.

We will talk about what we are learning about the human brain, how we are learning it, and what still seems frustratingly unlearnable.

We will contemplate how understanding the human brain, the most complex object in the known universe, will change how we educate our children, mete out justice, or design our roads.

And last, but certainly not least, we will listen to what non-neuroscientists think and feel about this new frontier.



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Don't forget to register to secure your spot at Brains and Computers on 3 April in Melbourne. #braindialogue…
@BrainDialogue thank you for such a fascinating evening!
Neurotechnology for clinical goals will need especially good communication skills from physicians and much better p……
Great #braindialogue about BMI. Somehow got confused with AI and skynet by the end though...
BMIs will give us more insight into are we really unique? What makes us, us? says @maththrills #braindialogue
Audiance: Is consciousness/intelligence a philosophical argument we will never agree on? #BrainDialogue
Question on barriers to produce the necessary research - reduced funding, apathy towards science #braindialogue
We don't have complete control for complicated tasks due to problems with interpretation of your mental command @maththrills #braindialogue
ES thinks it depends on how these devices work - if they can be used passively, barriers to entry are reduced #braindialogue
Audiance: Young people adapt to technology faster, will there be barriers of using more advanced AI for us when we are older? #BrainDialogue
Question about barriers in using these technologies, is age a factor? #braindialogue
@FemkeNijboer is concerned about how difficult it is to explain these technologies to patients to be sure they truly consent #braindialogue
LA thinks in 10 years we'll have a much better understanding of neurological diseases - to diagnose and treat them better #braindialogue
Ideally, technologies become the norm rather than exception and robotics codevelop to tackle disability, says @maththrills #braindialogue
Synchronizing our brain activities to solve problems faster. Future @QldBrainInst @BrainDialogue…
ES is hesitant about the focus on the "neuro". Are we moving to a too "biological" understanding of self and relationships? #braindialogue
Bran-brain interfaces? LA says Nicolelis is connecting brains of monkeys to collectively solve a problem #braindialogue
Be skeptical, start engaging and learning about neuroscience techniques- for the general public from ES #BrainDialogue
ES: The drivers for the humanities are - how are these technologies circulating and what are the impacts on people? #braindialogue
LA says: Neuroscience is trying to understand how the brain works. This can be used to create artificial eyes, ears, legs... #braindialogue
Audiance member: What are the drivers behind advancing AI? The military? Do scientists have enough impact to drive change? #BrainDialogue
Audience: Is artificial intelligence easier than trying to understand the brain? What are the drivers for this BCI research? #braindialogue
Audiance question: Do you see technology picking up mental illness in preclinical phase? LA says yes, brain markers #BrainDialogue
Could artificial intelligence + brain-machine interfaces create ethical, moral, powerful, intelligence? Asks @maththrills #braindialogue
@BrainDialogue #braindialogue what are the major obstacles to breaking ground in this area?
#braindialogue combing human and machine - powerful but ethical
@FemkeNijboer for treatment, patients prefer implants as not noticable like EEG head gear #BrainDialogue
#braindialogue from of BCI device can be help people become part of society but also is stigmatising
@BrainDialogue #braindialogue @jbmattingley got my Q pre answered a bit but what future do panelists are for organic computers & components?
@FemkeNijboer says people with locked-in prefer an implanted invisible device, don't want to walk around with EEG cap #braindialogue
@BrainDialogue would it be possible to use this kind of technology to help ABI/TBI/dementia pt's to recover memory? #BrainDialogue
ES: The easiest way to artificially implant a memory is through suggestion, no machines needed #braindialogue
#braindialogue implanting and removing memories ... sounds like there are ethical implications as well
We can implant memories using a chip implanted in rats, about which lever to press.. says LA #BrainDialogue
LA answers: Memories have been implanted into rat brains, but we still don't know what the billions of brain cells are doing #braindialogue
Audience member: Has any work been done about artificially writing into the brain?#braindialogue
On EEG device- volunteer says it is comfortable but not convinced about accuracy ! #BrainDialogue
We do use existing "hardware" in the brain with cochlear implant, retinal implants, etc. @jbmattingley #braindialogue
Question: Is it possible to use eye-tracking or other devices instead to guide actions? Is it necessary to "read" the mind? #braindialogue
Brain Machine Interface the better kind of BMI! #BrainDialogue
Lilach Avitan answers: yes, they are different. It is a limitation that devices need to be trained on each person. #braindialogue
Audience: Are the brainwaves of different people different? Is that a limitation for production of interfaces? #braindialogue
Next steps in interfacing? ES says Eye-borg Niel Harbisson can hear colour. #BrainDialogue
Could the human brain amplify the capabilities of a computer using this technology? For example such as creative design? #braindialogue
Mind = blown by #braindialogue panel discussion at #uq brain institute. Machines that can read your mind!
@BrainDialogue #braindialogue is my brain hackable? we are far from this but we need to address this as a society
Audience member asks: Is privacy a legitimate concern? Could our brains be hacked? "Read into"? #braindialogue
Audience member: privacy concerns.. can your brain get hacked? #BrainDialogue
Measuring activity in visual area with EEG to later navigate 3D environment with thoughts #BrainDialogue
Machines aren't perfect, and human participants also aren't perfect! Demonstrating a BCI #braindialogue

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