Machines that Read your Mind – Brisbane

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Machines that Read your Mind – Brisbane

22nd March 2017
6 to 7:30 pm

Brisbane, Australia

Free, but please register as seats are limited

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Operating a machine with thoughts alone. Brain implants that restore memory. Letting locked-in people communicate. Brain scans that show which movie a person watched or their capacity for criminal behaviour.

Barely a week goes by without another headline about our ever-increasing power to read the human mind.

To find out more, come along to Machines that Read your Mind

  • See a demo of a device that reads brain signals, and uses them to operate a computer
  • Learn how brain-machine interfaces work
  • Discover what brain-machine devices are currently available – and what’s coming
  • Hear how people outside of neuroscience feel about this work: does it excite them, scare them, offer them hope?
  • Discuss the potential benefits of “reading the mind”, as well as the downsides

Our experts include

  • Dr Lilach Avitan — a computational neuroscientist at the Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland. She is working to crack the “neural code”, to show how activity in the brain represents your world.
  • Dr Femke Nijboer, by video link — neuropsychologist at Leiden University in the Netherlands who works in patient-centred tech development, neuro-engineering and ethics. Femke works with people with locked-in syndrome to help develop the brain-computer interfaces they want. @FemkeNijboer

  • Associate Professor Michael Milford — an engineer at Queensland University of Technology, who develops new technologies at the boundary of robotics, neuroscience and computer vision. @maththrills

  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Stephens — cultural studies expert at Southern Cross University, who investigates the impact of neurotechnology on every day life by asking questions such as what will happen if the line between brain and machine becomes irrelevant?

  • Host, Dr Marta Garrido, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland. @MartaIGarrido

Light refreshments will be available from 5:30 pm.

Please send your questions via Twitter using #braindialogue, or email We will also take questions on the night.

Organised by The Brain Dialogue, an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.

Hosted by the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland.

Affiliate event of the World Science Festival Brisbane.

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