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Tinkering with Consciousness
Dan Faggella   Jun 25, 2015   TEDxSpringfield  

This talk by Dan Faggella - an IEET Advisory Board member - was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We live in a world where paralyzed people can answer emails with a chip in their brain, where people with severe depression can get electrodes implanted into their brain to increase their sense of well-being and joy, and where we’re successfully experimenting with replacing portions of mammalian brains with digital devices. Humanity is on the verge of a “leap” into a future where consciousness is malleable, accessible, expandable. If nothing “matters” outside of conscious awareness, isn’t tinkering with consciousness itself (the bedrock or moral relevance) worth an open-minded, well-intended, and interdisciplinary global conversation ... as we take steps forward beyond what is now “human?”

Daniel Faggella’s sole focus is the future of human potential and cognitive enhancement, including the domains of immersive virtual realities, artificial intelligence, and brain-computer interface.

Founding in 2013, Dan has interviewed many of the world’s leading researchers and corporate executives in the fields brain-computer interface, artificial general intelligence, biotechnology, virtual reality, and more. His writing can be found on TechCrunch, Xconomy, the Boston Globe, and more, and he’s spoken on ethics and emerging technology at premier universities such as Brown, Cornell, Duke, and more.

Not identifying as an “optimist” or “pessimist,” Dan’s purpose is to catalyze the global conversation about how we should and could augment our mental capacities, and what might be the most beneficial steps forward in enhancing our minds and experiences beyond what is today recognized as “human.” He is of the belief that as with any grand cause (environmentalism, human rights, etc…), the best odds of the best future will likely be yielded from a global conversation that is well-intended, open-minded, and interdisciplinary.


Made a very important ( revolutionary and unpublished ) discovery - invention-the1.first practical device for reading human thoughts / human mind reading machine / Brain Computer Interface. This discovery is certainly ( exclusive ) exceptional, revolutionary nature! In particular, I have created a means for people with Locked - in Syndrome ( LiS ) and ALS ( such as British physicist Stephen Hawking or Steve Gleason problem ). Another unit called human Speech Generating Device. But I can't publish my discovery ( I can't protect their copyright ) and I invite partnership. Thank you. Сурен Акопов. Syren Akopov. About the problem look for example in You Tube :
1.Jack Gallant, human mind reading machine;
2.John - Dylan Haynes, human mind reading machine;
3.Tom Mitchell and Marcel Just, human mind reading machine.
I should note that the means for communication, coomunicators, Speech Generating Device that use Steve Gleason and Stephen Hawking ( Intel corp and Tobii Dynavox ) ideologically obsolete, expensive and not effective, low-quality!
I believe there is a fundamental mistake being made in much of the current theory and discourse on consciousness and that is primarily that consciousness resides in the brain. While based on current scientific understanding this may seem to be the case, the truth is that the brain is the transducer of consciousness into physical form. Consciousness is a field (or cloud) that controls the body via the brain. The brain is essential in consciousness having a physical experience and by manipulating the brain we can manipulate the physical experience of consciousness. But consciousness in itself exists independent of the human body and therefore we cannot only affects its expression and perception in an individuated human form.
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