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A preliminary research presentation for Experimenting with Game Interfaces (DESC9190), semester 1 2008, Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, by Piotr Kulaga. Watch......

A preliminary research presentation for Experimenting with Game Interfaces (DESC9190), semester 1 2008, Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, by Piotr Kulaga. Watch the final project video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXYTJdifoNk&feature=relmfu

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  • 1. Neural Prosthesis - the cyborg potential Brain-to-Computer Interfaces, Wetware and Cyborg alpha 0.7 A research presentation by Piotr Kulaga desc9182/desc9190 – Semester 1, 200815 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 1
  • 2. Neural Prosthesisthe cyborg potential Inspiration A response to Finn Bowrings philosophical warning in “Science, Seeds and Cyborgs - Biotechnology and the appropriation of life” and a review of “Human Version 2.0” - Horizon BBC documentary Motivation Philosophical grounds for deliberations about my project15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 2
  • 3. Backgroundabstruse futurists “A Cyborg Manifesto” by Donna Haraway (1985) provided a controversial and provocative vision of the cyborg paradigm; The machine is not an it to be animated… The machine is us, our processes, an aspect of our embodiment. Other proponents of genetic and computer based human augmentation; Hans Moravec, Peter Sloterdijik, Lee Silver, Gregory Stock and Ray Kurzweil.15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 3
  • 4. BCI researchBrain-to-Computer Interface Pioneers of BCI Kevin Warwick, Hunter Peckham (Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland), Phillip Kennedy and Roy Bakay (Emory University, Atlanta), Theodore Berger (The University of Southern California, LA) and Gary Strong (ex DARPA, National Science Foundation) Major source of funding Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 4
  • 5. Neural Prosthesishow does it work “Neural Prosthesis: Reading the Mind” Computerworld, October 1, 200115 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 5
  • 6. Neural Prosthesisrat “Human Version 2.0” BBC Horizon15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 6
  • 7. Neural Prosthesismonkey “Human Version 2.0” BBC Horizon15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 7
  • 8. Neural Prosthesishuman “Human Version 2.0” BBC Horizon15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 8
  • 9. Computerbrain 32 thousand silicon neurons modelling a part of a rat brain and four neurons implemented in silicon. “Human Version 2.0” BBC Horizon15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 9
  • 10. Quantumcomputer – this & that "You dont have to understand the nature of things, in order to build cool devices.“ “Human Version 2.0” BBC Horizon15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 10
  • 11. Ludditesand cautious objectors Theodore Kaczynski (Harvard graduate and participant of brain experiments there and CIA Project MK Ultra) the infamous Unabomber Erwin Straus “The upright Posture” Finn Bowring “Science, Seeds and Cyborgs - Biotechnology and the appropriation of life” “Human Version 2.0” BBC Horizon15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 11
  • 12. Relevance to my workmostly philosophical The wired-in sense of presence Conscious and otherwise elicitation of emotional states through a prosthetic computing device The implied persistence of experiences15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 12
  • 13. Referencesand sources Anthes, G., (2001). “Neural Prosthesis: Reading the Mind” Computerworld, October 1, 2001. (pp32) Bowring, F., (2003). “Science, Seeds and Cyborgs - Biotechnology and the appropriation of life”, Verso an imprint of New Left Books, London. (pp259-277) Gralla, P., (2001). “WETWARE Human and animal brains being wired to computers” Computerworld, October 1, 2001. (pp32) Van Der Pool, J., Cohen, A., Editor, (2006). “Human Version 2.0”, BBC Horizon, www.bbc.co.uk/horizon.15 Apr 08 NEURAL PROSTHESIS - the cyborg potential by Piotr Kulaga - desc9182 / desc9190 13