Stimulating the technological revolution
What is ‘brightness’ in humans? Sense and nonsense on intelligence and the brain
Humans have been interested in intelligence since the dawn of time – But what is intelligence, and what does it tell us about ourselves and others? Can we measure it? Should we? More importantly, what do brain soup, mailbags full of schoolwork and eating foxes have to do with being bright? Come and find out at Pint of Science!
Rogier Kievit (@rogierK)
Professor of Social Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychology
Visual cortical implants with AI:
brain chips that restore vision to the blind
Michelle will talk about the newest technology for restoring vision to the blind: visual cortical implants. The implant is a chip that stimulates the visual cortex in the brain such that a patient can see again. Developing this novel technique brings many challenges along. Michelle's work is about integrating Artificial Intelligence into the implant to tackle some of these challenges. There will also be a live virtual reality demonstration in which you get to experience what it would be like to have such a brain implant yourself.
Searching for materials that will induce the next technological revolution
Did you ever notice that history is categorized by the materials that brought technological progress? It all started with the stone age and we are now living in the silicon age. Almost all electronics, like your phone or computer, are based on silicon components. Over the years these components have become smaller and more energy efficient, but we are at the limit of what can be improved. In my lab we do fundamental research into the electronic behaviour of materials under extreme conditions in order to identify new phases and quantum effects that can lead us into the next material age.