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Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Enhancement

April 18, 2012

On May 10, 2012, a BrainTalk will be held with two notable speakers, one from the medical world to discuss the use of possible prescription cognitive enhancers, and one from the computing world, to discuss the cognitive enhancement that artificial intelligence tools can provide.

To find more details for time and location, please click on the RSVP link. All guests must RSVP.


Trent McConaghy, PhD, is an expert in electronics, artificial intelligence and computer-aided design tools.  High-energy and passionate about technology and the future, he is founder of two startups, has written two books and over 50 papers and patents, and has given invited talks at institutions like MIT and Jet Propulsion Lab, and leading international conferences on AI and design tools.  His hobbies include reading dead trees and hacking brain-computer interfaces.


Cognitive enhancement can be more than just a better brain.  We can improve our own processing, memory, and communication by tools that augment our abilities.  Tools enabled by electronics and AI are particularly potent.  From calculators to spreadsheets to GPS, electronics enables tools that make us faster, smarter, and better at our tasks.  From Google to Siri to computer-aided design, artificial intelligence extends our cognitive abilities even further.  Future combinations of electronics, AI, and brain-computer interfaces promise to remap our own realities, impacting not just neuroscience but society at large.

Dr. Derryk Smith will also be presenting, and will be presenting on the neurochemistry behind the use of cognitive enhancers from a medical perspective. Dr. Derryck H. Smith is a Clinical Professor, at the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia. He also has a private practice, is a member of the Division of Child and Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, President of the Medical Legal Society of British Columbia, a consultant for the Life Mark, Brain Injury Program, a consultant for WorkSafeBC, Brain Injury, Urgent Assessment Clinic BC Children’s Hospital, consultant to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles for the Province of British Columbia, and consultant to Oak Group, Boston, Massachusetts. His areas of practice and expertise are in civil litigation, personal injury claims, Traumatic Brain Injury – children, teens & adults, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – children, teens & adults, and Disability assessments – including adjudication of disputed claims.


PDF’s of slides from the Speaker’s Talks May 10, 2012

2012-05-10 McConaghy BrainTalks

2012 May 10 Cognitive Enhancement by Dr. Derryk Smith

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