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WENDY HALL

Thought Leader: Computer science

WENDY HALL
Thought Leader: Computer science

Big Innovation Centre THOUGHT LEADER: COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Scientist who invented the Microcosm hypermedia system – before the World Wide Web existed

 For the Thought Leadership meeting on March 10th 2015, Wendy Hall's reflexion:

 

On another brainwave

“Disruptive technologies are often the result of a person or a team having a so-called brainwave – a sudden clever idea or eureka moment that creates a new insight to often old problems and changes the world forever. But in the future we may literally be able to use our actual brainwaves – a lay term for the synchronised electrical pulses or neural oscillations produced from masses of neurons communicating with each other - to communicate with external devices and even with each other.

Today brainwaves are detected using sensors placed on the scalp and are the subject of much experimentation in neuroscience, but in the future we will get much more sophisticated in detecting them and could develop the technology to enable us to communicate directly with external devices by thought alone – the ultimate in connectivity. The expression having a brainwave could take on a whole new meaning, and ultimately the same technology could be used to create external repositories of our memories which could have a myriad of good and bad applications

Today’s wearable devices will seem as nothing when this technology is developed. We will become the device or even the server.  Is this the way humans and machines will become as one, or will it continue to set us apart as the dominant race? We won’t know the answers to such questions in 15 years but we may well see the first commercial brain computer interfaces in that time. I wonder if Jonathan Ives will still be designing for Apple when that time comes to give us the iBrain."

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