At the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, a nifty art installation will be on show in the coming days that will be a part experiment and partly a demonstration of brainwave reading technology. It will involve an electroencephalography headset being connected to a motorized wheel via a computer. People will be controlling the movement of the device while the data their brainwaves generate will be anonymized, collected, and provided to researchers for study.
The exhibit will be held at EPFL ArtLab from October 27th to February 1, and it is titled Mental Work, and the hope of the designers of it is to get the public to face questions about the meaning and implication of technology that can connect our brains to complicated machines. Jonathon Keats, an artist and one of the co-founders of Mental Work, noted, “The industrial revolution was a dangerous period in history, literally dangerous for the laborer who might lose a hand while not paying attention. Now we are in the cognitive revolution and the stakes are potentially higher. Today, that won’t happen because you are not in touch with the machine in any physical way. Instead, you may lose your mind.”
Here’s a video with the people that developed the installation: