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Join the launch of Cognitive Sensations’ new season ‘The Downloadable Brain’ exploring the biological connection between humans and machines

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'The Downloadable Brain' is a three month public programme of events, new-media art, and a critical essay series. Join to discover the future of brain-reading technology and sentient machines.

Featuring writer Stephen Oram and artists Sarah Selby, Rod Dickinson & Marcos Lutyens, with more to be confirmed!

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Decisions, emotions and everyday movements are traced by the technological giants of our society, making personal data the currency of the 21st century. This information is key in the economic and social climate of the digital age. It is mined to profile predictions around an individual’s consumer habits, as well as their online consumption and behaviour. Cognitive Sensations seeks to delve a little deeper into the future of this narrative, drawing upon the central interface of this story; the brain.

'The Downloadable Brain' is a programme which examines the biological connection between humans and technology. It visualises and imagines a foreseeable future of sentient machines and the rise of Artificial Intelligence. It is a world of immense biological and technological innovation. A space where emotional and computational intelligence meet, where the industry of artificial brains and cyborgs is born.

The conditions and rules for this digital future have yet to be determined. Yet the symbiosis between humans and AI draws increasingly closer. Progression in BCI and neural-lace technology enable human thought to be read and stored by machines, and humans in turn can nudge screen activity through the power of their thoughts alone. What should we expect as brain reading technology becomes increasingly embedded within society?

About Cognitive Sensations

Cognitive Sensations is a CIC that supports artists and creative practitioners in the production of content exploring the impact of technology on society. We present our work through curated seasons, building multidisciplinary research at the intersection between art, science and digital culture. Working with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, CS produces events, commissions artworks (offline and online), publishes articles and curates exhibitions.

CS projects examine the continuous rise of technological engagement amongst society, affecting how we work, communicate and interact with information. Our content raises critical awareness around the social issues which arise through the mediation of these experiences.

www.cognitivesensations.com

This programme was generously funded by our Kickstarter supporters in a campaign to fund this programme. Any donated funds for the event will be put back into the programme.

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