Descartes already asked himself if there were ways of being sure that his brains were located in his head and not somewhere in a plastic tray controlled by demons. Kevin Warwick, a professor who presents himself as the world’s first cyborg, claims he had a direct brain connection with his wife. And Uri Geller is said to use brainpower to bend spoons. So, what can we control with our own brains and what is made possible with brain-computer interfaces? How do scientists and artists currently use sensors capable of capturing brain signals and how are computers able to interpret these signals? The iPhone, for instance, is already able to follow your sleeping patterns and wake you in time, but are there also other dreams that computers are capable of tapping?

The third edition of the Utrecht New Media Evening (UNMA) will be held on 10 March. This edition will go into the present and future potential of brain-computer interfaces. Developers, researchers and artists will give away the latest developments of these interfaces. Artist Christoph de Boeck will present his work “Staalhemel” and researchers of the IMEC will go into the way brain-computer interfaces work so that everybody can have a go at home too.

Please note that this evening is also intended as a networking event, so make sure to bring your business cards!

The UNMA is an Impakt Event organized in collaboration with z25, and Utrecht University (Master New Media & Digital Culture).