7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:40 p.m.) | Price: $5 (Free for Members)
Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome
“It’s 2017. Where’s My Cyborg?”
Kaitlyn Casimo and James Wu, members of the GRID Lab at the University of Washington
Science fiction is littered with brain-computer interfaces, systems so complex and revolutionary that they seem too advanced to ever be mastered. Computers and robots controlled by thought (Iron Man), mainframes that upload (The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell) or wipe memories (Total Recall), even entire prosthetic bodies (Robocop). Fascinatingly, research already exists on how to make these futuristic visions a reality. Neuroscientist Kaitlyn Casimo and neuroengineer James Wu will discuss the challenges and limitations of the current technology in brain-computer interfaces, potential developments in their field, and their favorite sci-fi cyborgs and brain-computer interfaces.