Hot Topic Talk

Embracing Neuroadaptive Technologies: Shaping the Future of Human-Computer Interaction

As we progress into the future, the technologies we adopt and their applications will significantly influence the course of humanity. Effective communication between humans and technology is crucial in determining how we utilize these advancements. Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) revolutionized this communication, initially enabling users to transmit direct commands without any muscular involvement. In 2011, the emergence of Passive BCIs redefined the landscape by extracting information about users’ states without the need for intentional communication. A decade later, novel human-computer interaction paradigms have emerged, built upon Passive BCIs. Neuroadaptive systems, which develop an understanding of their users and autonomously adapt to their requirements, signify a convergence of human and artificial intelligence. Major corporations, militaries, governments, and startups worldwide are driving exponential growth in research and development in this domain. In this Hot Topic Talk, I will explore the potential of various neuroadaptive technologies and share examples of their early applications in human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Predicting the legal and ethical implications of these developments on society is challenging, but I will present some considerations for discussion with the audience. Lastly, I will offer insights on how the burgeoning era of neuroadaptivity could both benefit and harm humanity’s future.

Thorsten O. Zander

Prof. Dr. Thorsten O. Zander is a distinguished and eminent German cognitive neuroscientist, researcher, and entrepreneur, celebrated for his groundbreaking achievements in the realm of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). As a professor at the esteemed Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) in Cottbus, Germany, he presides over the prestigious Lichtenberg Chair and serves as the visionary Founder and CTO of Zander Laboratories GmbH / B.V., significantly influencing the global research community. Zander’s trailblazing investigations into passive BCIs, which decode users’ cognitive and emotional states by scrutinizing brain activity, have fundamentally transformed human-computer interaction by obviating the need for conscious input. His comprehensive and impactful publications have illuminated the immense potential of passive BCIs across various domains, encompassing gaming, education, and transportation. As a pioneer in the advancement of neuroadaptive technologies, Prof. Dr. Thorsten O. Zander has fostered neuroadaptive human-computer collaboration, consequently molding the future of technology and its societal implications.