Connecting Brains with Computers: Avoiding Subjugation by Intelligent Machines?

This timely topic has been greatly discussed recently in various technical publications and forums. While there are certainly multiple opportunities for positive research and development in this space – such as providing capabilities for those with various disabilities and the creation of telepathic connection between the brain and computers to eliminate typing – even the best-intentioned technology can potentially morph into something fundamentally different.
This interactive session will focus on:

  • the history of this technology space.
  • an overview of current “brain to computer” efforts.
  • what might be considered “morally and ethically acceptable.”
  • who is doing work/research in this space.
  • what is the focus and the interaction with artificial intelligence.
  • what does the entrance of the big players into this space mean.
  • what could possibly emerge on the “dark” side.
  • the legal issues that must be addressed.

Phil Zwieg Co-Director of The Institute for 21st Century Leadership

Phil Zwieg has more than 40 years’ experience in the retail, utility, legal and financial services industries. He was a longtime Vice President in the Information Systems department at Northwestern Mutual, where he was responsible for all infrastructure and IT operations activities. He also directed the application development, support, and architecture functions for several years. Prior to joining the Northwestern, he was head of the Information Systems organization at We Energies. His career at We Energies also included assignments as a Director in the Human Resources and Customer Relations Departments. Phil received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MBA from Marquette University, and completed some Ph.D. work at UWM. He served on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Management at Marquette University for more than 20 years, where he taught courses in IT Strategy and Security and Privacy.

Phil served as President of the Board of Directors of Lad Lake, Inc, an organization that deals with at-risk youth, youth aging out of foster care, family counseling and mentoring. He has been a SIM member for more than 30 years, and is currently a SIM member of the Wisconsin Chapter. In 2009, Phil was named the IT Leader of the Year by SIM International. He serves as a Director and Facilitator for the Institute for 21st Century Leadership’s RLF program.