brainhacking

People who have put together their own low-tech devices, using inexpensive components including 9-volt batteries, wires and electrodes as a form of DIY neuroscience are sometimes called 'brainhackers' in a similar fashion as 'biohackers', who open up biotechnology. 'Hacking the brain' is both challenging as well as doable, both philosophical as well as practical, both artistic as well as business, both scientific as well as futuristic.

“I think, therefore I am”

As Descartes made us realise: we have the ability to question, to think and to re-think our ideas. This might even be that which makes us human. But how do we question, think and re-think? Scientists have shown that the grey matter inside our heads plays a big role in this all. Artists continue to stimulate our minds, provoke us with new questions and challenge all our ideas. Then again, none of this would have been possible without the continuous technological improvements the developers in this world make possible. But while these disciplines thrive and make new discoveries; what do we really know?

 

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You can probably imagine our brain. But never before have there been images available at such a high resolution.

 

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Can we grow our own brain or muscles in a petri dish? Guy Ben-Ary will show and tell us how he was able to make living cells in the lab.

 

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An article about the role that art can play in ethical reflection on risky and controversial technologies.

 

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“Hack the Brain Prague Hackathon” (HBPH 2016) has the specific aim of supporting co-operation between artists and scientists in BNCI (Brain/Neural Computer Interaction) related projects. The participants will work together in multidisciplinary teams on projects which they have chosen for themselves.

 

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As part of the 'Explore the Brain' programme at TU Delft, Lucas Evers (Waag) and Martijn Arts (Total Active Media) will give a presentation about 'Hacking the Brain'.

 

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Hack the Brain Dublin is an immersive creative weekend in Science Gallery Dublin which aims to get artists, designers, neuroscientists, experimental psychologists, developers and engineer working together in transdisciplinary teams to develop ideas into prototype artworks, objects, inventions or interfaces which use or harness brain signals and brain-computer interface (BCI) technology.

 

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In a three-day creative hackathon we bring together people from all walks of life. Starting from curiosity and unanswered questions we will hack into our brains with ideas on health, care and quality of life. Participants can work with different EEG-type techniques to measure, visualize and interpret their own brain activity – live.

 

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Are you planning to join Hack the Brain 2016 or do you want to get more information, come to the Hack the Brain pre-event on May 19th.

 

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Please join us in the Open Wetlab of Waag to participate in a transcranial ultrasound stimulation (TUS): a new, non-invasive brain modulation technique — using ultrasound to change concious mental states in the brain by altering resonance in cytoskeletal structures inside brain neurons called microtubulus.

 

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Together we will mark the launch of the OpenBCI, the first fully Open Source Brain Computer Interface and award team Lucid Dreaming, last year’s winners of the first Hack the Brain edition. This Do-It-Together Bio workshop offers an open stage to all OpenBCI developers that would like to show-off their skills and hacks. The evening features an open stage where you get 10 minutes to demo your OpenBCI application.

 

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18-08-2017

BrainBeliefs

BrainBeliefs is a research project in the field of neurofeedback, (developing) a growth mindset and learning motivation and performance.

 

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Hack yourself better (or worse): this year's edition of Hack the Brain was all about health. What happens when you bring together a group of 54 artists, (neuro)scientists and coders for 72 hours?

 

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On Friday 24th of June 2016, the public evening of the Hack the Brain 2016 hackathon will be held, themed 'Hack yourself better (or worse)'.

 

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18-03-2016

BrainHack

BrainHack: Bringing the arts and sciences of brain and neural computer interface together

 

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The third edition of Hack the Brain was about our health: 'Hack yourself better (or worse)'.

 

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Brain hacking at room 211. On 7 November, Hack the Brain will have a small extension at the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam, during the IDEA festival. Theme of this festival is the connection of perceptions, and we wil take this very literally. At 16.30 hours, Pieter van Boheemen will control a philosopher with the human-to-human interface (by Backyard Brains). Philosopher Hein van Dongen will reflect on this act.

 

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During the 'Hack the Brain' hackathon last June, a team of Euronews Learning World also filmed the three-day event. Never heard of? Euronews is one of the most-watched news channels in Europe, covering world news and broadcasting in 13 different languages. Euronews reaches 400 million households in 155 countries.

 

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In Hack in the Brain – education, we explored how currently available, neuroscientific knowledge and neurotechnologies can be applied to improve learning and the learning environment.

 

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Many a curious soul withstood the hot weather for a brain stimulating evening—we had a full-house during the kick-off of Hack the Brain 2015. Our visiting-neuroscientist Wobbie van den Hurk reported the evening.

 

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As a participant of both Hack the Brain 2014 and this year’s edition, I like to share my team’s (technical) experiences with coding rapid prototypes using EEG data from the Muse headset.

 

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On June 5th, 2015, Waag and Total Active Media kicked off the second edition of Hack the Brain. This year's theme was “The Brain and Education.” Over three days, six teams of software developers, artists, and neuroscientists came up with seven exciting new educational applications.

 

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With the help of students from the Hyperion Lyceum in Amsterdam Noord, a specialized Hack the Brain team went in search of the best ideas for the coolest brain hacks for Hack the Brain 2015. Everyone has preconceived notions about the grey matter inside their heads. Newspapers, commercials, and movies are all full of references to the brain. In science, neuroscience an active field of research.

 

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We're kicking off the second edition of the Brain Hack with a brain-stimulating evening. During the program, we'll be playing with memory with the Donders Institute, watching a brain-performance by Arnon Grunberg, and eating grey matter with culinary columnist, Joel Broekaert.

 

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As I listened to the first talks at TEDx Amsterdam Education 2015, I found myself wondering, “Am I TED tired?” TED is known to prepare its speakers extensively. But to me, taken together, the strong push towards an identical format seems to have erased some of the uniqueness from the talks.

 

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Hack the Brain is terug! Deze tweede editie dagen we wetenschappers, (game)ontwikkelaars en onderwijsprofessionals uit om leerprocessen in ons brein te beïnvloeden door Do It Yourself brainhacking.

 

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Waag's Open Wetlab is present at the SXSW (South by Southwest) 2015 festival in Austin, Texas (USA). Our biotechnology lab presents five projects at the festival, on invitation of the Fund Creative Industries NL.

 

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In Hack the Brain - Education, we explored how current available neuroscientific knowledge and neurotechnologies can be applied to improve learning and the learning environment - now and in the foreseeable future.

 

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The annual Museum night Amsterdam is coming and for the twelfth time in row Waag is again participating in the event. This year we are organizing a kind of follow-up to our earlier 'Hack the Brain' event, called 'Brainwaves' at the Waag.

 

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From the cozy tower rooms to the FabLlab and Makers Guild, every corner of the Waag building at the Nieuwmarkt was turned into temporary workspaces during Hack the Brain for 10 different teams of (software) developers, neuroscientists and creative minds during the weekend of 23rd-25th of May 2014. Each one of these teams had the same goal: creating the best brain hack.

 

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After intense months of waiting and preparation for the event, finally, the transdisciplinary hackathon Hack the Brain has taken place at Waag, closely with the Open Wetlab, the biotechnology lab of art and design. The event has involved different people, including scientists, programmers, artists and creatives, which together, during an intense co-working of three days, have operatively experimented and reflected upon the possibilities offered by the new Brain Computer Interface (BCI).

 

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Frank Kresin interviewed writer Arnon Grunberg about a special brain experiment. Under the guidance of a team (neuro)scientists he measures his emotions and brain activity while he is writing his newest book.

 

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During the first Hack the Brain event in 2014 experts gathered to explore the opportunities of DIY brainhacking.

 

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Hack the Brain was the first gathering in Europe where experts joined to explore the opportunities of DIY brainhacking. Researchers, hackers, designers and artists came together during the weekend of 23-25 May 2014 to bring neuroscience to the next level, with the help of DIY Brainhacking. We organised a bootcamp, a debate and pitches of the best hacks. Hack the Brain is a yearly event.

 

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New technological possibilities and the wide availability of soft- & hardware makes neuroscience - and our knowledge about the brain more and more accessible. Waag, Total Active Media, Donders Institute and TNO see great opportunities and joined forces to hack the brain. In the tradition of Rembrandt’s Anatomical Lesson, de Waag in Amsterdam turns into the nerve centre of DIY Brainhackers. Including a public debate with thought leaders, artists, neuromarketers, scientists and anyone interested.

 

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What if we could hack the brain? In the days of Rembrandt we explored the body, now we will explore the mind. The multidisciplinary approach of ‘Hack the Brain’ will bring Rembrandt’s ‘The Anatomy Lesson’ to life in this new digital era. We wíll hack the brain. This will mark the start of a new era in technology, medical science and our understanding of ourselves.

 

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Scientists are slowly unraveling the mysterious composition and mechanisms of the human brain. Technology that enables us to interact digitally with grey matter will inevitably follow up on these discoveries. What are the limitations of today’s neuro science and what dogmas are pushed beyond their breaking point? Join if you are interested in DIY experiments with easily accessible tools. We make simple hacks ourselves, like Arduino electronics that help you take control over someone else’s arm

 

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A paralyzed woman has been able to feed herself chocolate and move everyday items using a robotic arm directly controlled by thought, showing a level of agility and control approaching that of a human limb.

 

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At the crossroads between technical innovation, economic mutations and social transformations, which "Digital Disruptions" will become central in the next few years? What are the issues and challenges that we can no longer ignore? Fing, an independent think/do tank on digital transformations, has developed an open, annual program called “Digital Disruptions”, that tries to identify digital issues and come up with meaningful answers. This year, Fing will work together with Waag and PICNIC to organize and host the program. And you are warmly invited to join.