Intelligence Augmentation: Creating a Prosthetic for the Brain

Bradley Rhodes, Ricoh Innovations

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University May 3, 2002

Intelligence augmentation is the study of devices that makes people smarter, and the way the these devices integrate with everyday human intelligence. In designing and studying these devices the field combines Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. I will present several examples of work in Intelligence Augmentation ranging from software agents to wearable computers and ubiquitous computing, and will discuss challenges facing the field. I will also present some of the lessons we learned from the MIT wearable computing project, a living experiment in which we wore computers in our daily lives for a period of 4+ years.

Bradley Rhodes is a research scientist at Ricoh Innovations in Silicon Valley, where he works on systems for information capture, organization and retrieval. Prior to Ricoh he was a PhD candidate in the MIT Media Lab's Software Agents group working on the Remembrance Agent, a software agent that watches a person's local context and automatically provides information that may be relevant. He was also an early member of the MIT Wearable Computing Project, a living experiment in which he wore a computer, complete with head-mounted display, wireless connection and one-handed keyboard, throughout his daily life for a period of four years. The goal of the project was to learn how computers might be used once they become small enough to embed in clothing and jewelry. More important than the technology itself, the study produced far-reaching conclusions about the social and psychological results of living as a cyborg in the 21st century.


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