Brent is currently a neuroscience PhD student researching how to restore damaged memory function. A life long geek, he enjoys writing sci-fi and fantasy to relax from work. Very occasionally he even remembers to finish a story.
Fireside Chats: 3 Short Science Talks on Brain Science
Robert E. Hampson, Brent Roeder and Nik Rao are clinical scientists studying learning & memory, prosthetics, brain imaging and psychiatry. They will give short talks from their area of expertise discussing current medical efforts to understand the human brain and keep it healthy.
From Pinplants to the Terminal Man: Can Science Build the Better Humans Envisioned by SF?
Brain implants are a common feature of Science Fiction. Science is rapidly catching up with Science Fiction in developing computer interfaces, connection with robotic limbs, and the means to treat disorders of the brain. Science Fiction still holds the high ground with respect to downloading memories and developing hybrid human-computer AIs and cyborgs; but Science is closing in with prosthetics and transcranial stimulation to treat a number of disorders. What is fact? What is (still) fiction? Where can science and science fiction go from here? Dr. Robert Hampson moderates.
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Les Johnson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.