8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Enhancing the Musical Brain: The Cognitive Exoskeleton Concert

Cognitive Exoskeleton Concert11 January, 1630–1830 hrs, Osceola CD

Cognitive Exoskeleton Concert

Science meets music in a live experiment, where neuroscientist Bill Casebeer demonstrates how human-machine teams may help people lead better lives. Using a brain-sensing headband, scientists will monitor the brainwaves of the band Beemo and select audience members simultaneously during a live show. This information is collected for Lockheed Martin’s Cognitive Exoskeleton and displayed as color coded graphs on a giant screen. The program will address how music changes a performer’s brain waves, how music change an audience member’s brain waves and how machines can help people get the most out of their brain’s performance.

About the Speaker

Bill Casebeer leads science and technology development programs at Lockheed Martin to improve human performance with human-machine teams. His research interests include the intersections of cognitive science and national security policy, neuroethics, autonomous technology, political violence, philosophy of mind, and human performance. He holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the US Air Force Academy, a Master of Arts in national security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts in philosophy from the University of Arizona and a joint PhD in cognitive science and philosophy from the University of California at San Diego.

Casebeer was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Air Force Academy, and a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government 2005-2006. He was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is an experienced Middle East analyst with multiple deployments to the region.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from the US Air Force Academy, a Master of Arts in national security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts in philosophy from the University of Arizona and a joint PhD in cognitive science and philosophy from the University of California at San Diego. He is well known for his work in neuroethics, the evolution of morality, the intersections of cognitive science and national security policy, philosophy of mind, and military ethics. In this session, Casebeer will deliver a framework for the ethical analysis of the neuroscience of enhancement.

Beemo

About the Band

Beemo is an Americana band from Orlando, Florida that combines acoustic indie-rock with Irish folk. The group are Dan Harshbarger (vocals), Sean Quinn (guitar), Matt Juliano (mandolin), Anthony Mickle (bass) and JB Braun (percussion). They pour their heart into every note and leave audiences with a powerful message of hope.

Beemo has performed at 155 shows at 59 different festivals, venues and events. They were recently featured in a live taping of the NPR/WMFE show Intersection hosted by Matthew Peddie. They create original music with a unique understanding that bridges the gap between art and science, demonstrating that a human-machine team doesn’t make you less creative, but can enhance human abilities Their blog www.mynameisbeemo.com/blog features stories of dinosaurs, playing the Orlando music scene and artwork.

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