|Telepethink PRO 3.2||
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Master's Thesis, May 2006
ITP - Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
Instructor: Luke DuBois
Telepethink PRO 3.2 is a fictitious brain-computer system (EEG based) designed to challenge issues concerning mind control and brain-computer interface systems.
Telepethink PRO 3.2 is the core of an interactive experience that allow users to enter into a futuristic environment, in which people control their surroundings using their mind rather than their body (I call it, ironically, "The Ultimate Interaction"). But, are they really controlling it? Is it possible that the technology controls them? This experiment poses several questions that my overall concept relies on: Do they trust the computer's grasp of their mind, their motivations and thoughts? And why?
My intention is to create an environment in which one is challenged to take an active role in a story and become its protagonist rather than being a passive audience. I hope that by actually being connected by electrodes to a "machine" that reads your brainwaves and trying to control and interact with the piece, people will be provoked to think differently about the implications that this kind of device may create.
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In the last few years, ever since becoming involved and surrounded by new technologies, I felt the enormous power they have on my life – how they change my habits and controlling me in a way.
We strive for progress, new inventions; we look for new creative ways to make our lives easier - to be able to control everything by click of a button. We want our computer to recognize us, to communicate with us; we want it to understand us, rather than we understand it. We anthropomorphize it and talk to it and try to influence it with our thoughts.
Particularly, I'm interested in Human Enhancement and the implications of embedding technologies in our body and mind. In an attempt at coming to terms with the significance that computers have on our lives, I would like to try and imagine what it would be like when computers are smarter than us, faster than us and able to read our mind and our thoughts and even influence them, especially with computers themselves becoming more powerful, smaller and ultimately ubiquitous parts of our lives.
Controlling a computer with one's mind may sound like science fiction, but brain-computer interaction is one of the most rapidly developing areas of modern science. Brain-computer interfaces currently allow users to control prosthetic limbs, type, play simple games and create music. In the near future we will be able to connect to the brain directly to record our dreams, and even backup our thoughts and memories, like having an external hard drive for our brain. With the excitement and possibilities this opens for us to improve our lives, it also raises some of the most interesting questions about mankind.
Special thanks to Ryan Holsopple.