This is an interesting talk by two neuroscientists now working in the private sector. The talk was part of the World Maker Faire New York 2013 (see below the video), a gathering of show-and-tell "makers" - a "festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement."

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Brain Hacking - Lee von Kraus and Amol Sarva

Brain Hacking from Maker Faire on

New understanding of the brain is launching us into the realm of sci-fi possibilities. We will talk about the brain's wiring and ways in which it can be changed, either naturally through learning or artificially through cybernetic interfaces.

Lee von Kraus, PhD (Halo Neuroscience): neuroscience doctorate from SUNY Downstate and widely-published electronics hacker.

Amol Sarva, PhD (Halo Neuroscience): cognitive science doctorate from Stanford, a former McKinsey consultant and co-founder of Virgin Mobile USA.
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About World Maker Faire New York 2013

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 165,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2012, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family event, the vast majority attend with children. In 2013, over 60 community-driven Mini Maker Faires are expected around the world, including Tokyo and Rome.

Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.

Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media. Maker Media publishes MAKE magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

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