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Saturday, March 14 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DIY Brain Hacking, Electroceuticals and You

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With a $20 trip to Radio Shack, Brent Williams began his own brain experiments via transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This technology, which transmits electricity via electrodes placed on the scalp, has shown potential to alleviate depression, OCD, PTSD and other mental illness. While 20th century medicine has relied on pharmaceuticals, it is likely the 21st century will leverage “electroceuticals.” By understanding our body’s electrical system and using tools like brain pacemakers and memory augmenting prosthetics to regulate the activity of neurons, we may repair faulty wiring in our brains and even rewire our minds. Today, with open-source hardware and software, you can build your own mind control gadgets at home. With a simple kit, anyone can hack a cockroach's brain and steer it around a room. We’ll explore how these feats are accomplished and talk about the science behind brain hacking in this unconventional discussion. Part of the IEEE Future ID Series.

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Tim Marzullo

Co-Founder & Engineer, Backyard Brains

Joel Murphy

Co-Founder, OpenBCI
Joel Murphy (BFA MassArt, Boston; MFA UC San Diego) is an artist/engineer living in New York. He owns a business designing and fabricating electro-mechanical systems for artists and designers. He is one of the founders of Pulse Sensor, an open-source heart rate monitor for Arduino... Read More →
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Eliza Strickland

Assoc Editor, IEEE Spectrum
Eliza Strickland is an editor for the international technology magazine IEEE Spectrum, where she covers biomedical engineering. Her current passion is reporting on brain hacking: the neural modulation techniques used to tweak people’s movements, moods, and memories.
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Brent Williams

Founder, Speakwisdom
Dr. Brent Williams is the founder of the blog SpeakWisdom.com, which provides “Wisdom for the Leading Edge of Life ™”. He has helped thousands improve their lives through insight and wisdom about brain stimulation, advanced technologies and much more.

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 2

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