Randall Wolf + Miguel Nicolelis The Robotic Mind
Mnemonic Art Tour in the galleries
Karma Chain, on the spiral staircase
Program in the theater
Book-signing in the cafe, with Miguel Nicolelis author of Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines – and How it will Change Our Lives
Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis is known for his groundbreaking studies he did with monkeys that he taught to control the movements of a robot located halfway around the globe by using brain signals alone. His work with primates has uncovered a new method for capturing brain function—by recording rich neuronal symphonies rather than the activity of single neurons. His lab is now paving the way for a new treatment for Parkinson's, silk-thin exoskeletons to grant mobility to the paralyzed, all of which has implications for space exploration, global communication, and, in this conversation with Dr. Randall Wolf, robotic surgery.
Randall Wolf was the first in the world to perform totally endoscopic first rib resection and harmonic scalpel mammary artery mobilization. He performed the first endoscopic cardiac procedure in North America at the Ohio State University in the fall of 1999 and completed the first FDA study with DaVinci robotic system for cardiac surgery. He has performed live minimally invasive cases in more than eighteen countries and is currently training cardiac surgeons from around the world in new cardiac techniques. He joined the University of Cincinnati in 2003, as tenured Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, and subsequently inaugurated The Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI) in the Department of Surgery at UC where he served as Director. He was named the inaugural holder of the endowed Ethicon-Endosurgery Chair for Innovation in Surgery in 2005. He served as the inaugural co-editor of the Innovations Journal. Dr. Wolf then directed the Atrial Fibrillation Center at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently he is the director of the Wolf Atrial Fibrillation Center-Cincinnati. Dr. Wolf and robotic heart surgery was highlighted on PBS's Scientific American Frontiers, hosted by American award-winning actor Alan Alda.
Mnemonic Art Tour
Take advantage of a short tour of some paintings in the collection that function as mnemonic devices. The iconography in these paintings serve to reference specific passages in the sutras. That is why most of these works were not meant to be revealed to those who were not already initiates. The tour will include two types of paintings: narratives such as the life of the Buddha, and mandalas which are complex two-dimensional diagrams of one’s multi-dimensional state of mind.
As a prelude to the staged program, we are planning to stage a simple game of ‘telephone’ prior to the session to demonstrate the fallibility of oral transmission and the nature of short-term memory. Each ticket holder will stand on one of the steps of the 108-stepped spiral staircase of the Museum. The guest speaker stands at the base, whispers a short phrase they have prepared to the visitor on the first step, and the phrase would spiral up through the line until it reaches the ear of the scientist. The conversationalists will only reveal the original phrase and the result phrase when on stage in the theater, thus starting the conversation about memory.