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Brain-Computer Interaction vs Future Imagination
Date: 2021-08-21
Source: WLA
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Dialogues Between WLF Young Scientists from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xiamen University and well-reputed Sci-fi Writers themed "Brain-Computer Interaction VS Future Imagination"  successfully broadcast live at 2pm (GMT+8), August 21, and attracted over 234,000 views.

The dialogues, with Weidong LI (Professor & Vice Dean, Bio-X Institute, Institute of Psychology and Behavioral Science, SJTU), Xu HOU (Professor, Xiamen University), Xiaoyuan JIANG (Chair Professor, School of History and Culture of Science, SJTU) and award-winning sci-fi writer Stanley Chan participating, and Bei GU (a renowned sci-fi writer and translator) as host, covered the latest brain science research - nanofluidic iontronics, an intriguing history of brain science development, and discussions about future application and potential threats of brain science.

From left: Bei GU, Xiaoyuan JIANG, Weidong LI, Stanley Chan

To begin with, Prof. Xu HOU delivered a speech about his latest research, Bioinspired Nanofluidic Iontronics, published on Science this month (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/373/6555/628). The frontier interdisciplinary technology, nanofluidic Iontronics, will drive the development of AI and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI).

Xu HOU, Professor, Xiamen University

"If we compare human brain into a computer, then Prof. Hou's research is the USB interface by analogy," Prof. Xiaoyuan JIANG summarized.

Xiaoyuan JIANG, Chair Professor, School of History and Culture of Science, SJTU

Prof. Weidong LI treated the online audience to the intriguing history of brain science and introduced several mainstream interfaces, BCI, Electroencephalogram (EEG), Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

Weidong LI, Professor & Vice Dean, Bio-X Institute, Institute of Psychology and Behavioral Science, SJTU

"Technology makes a difference to the world, yet with potential risk, so many ethics committees have been established to supervise," Prof. LI answered the question if there will be ethical problems when brain science technology were applied to ordinary people.

Interestingly, Prof. LI joked that he event wanted to attach EEG sensor to Stanley's head to look at what neural activities are going on when Stanley got sparks or inspirations during writing.

Stanley Chan, Science-fiction Writer

The host Bei GU spoke out her fantasy that this is a good inspiration for sci-fi writers to learn and imagine about the ongoing neuro activities during their writing.

Bei GU, Science fiction translator & writer