Prof. Olaf Blanke, PhD.

Bio: Olaf Blanke is founding director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics and holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He directs the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at EPFL and is Professor of Neurology at the University Hospital of Geneva.


Prof. Thomas D. Parsons, PhD.

Keynote: Cyberpsychology and the Brain: Practical and ethical implications of technologies extending cognition

Our technologies are progressively developing into algorithmic devices that seamlessly interface with digital personhood. This talk discusses the ways in which technology is increasingly becoming a part of personhood and the resulting ethical issues. It includes a framework for a brain-based cyberpsychology. Using this framework, Dr. Parsons investigates the practical and ethical issues that emerge in algorithmically coupled people and technologies. The ethical implications of these ideas are important as we consider the enhancements that can be afforded by our technologies. If people are intimately linked to their technologies, then removing or damaging the technology could be tantamount to a personal attack. On the other hand, algorithmic devices may threaten autonomy and privacy.

Bio: Thomas D. Parsons, PhD is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, Professor, and Director of Computational Neuropsychology & Simulation (CNS) at the University of North Texas. In addition to his patents for the Matching System, he has published five books and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. He received the 2013 National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Achievement award. In 2014, he was awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.