Lecture | October 16 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall
What people think machines can know about the mind, and why their beliefs matter
What can machines know about the mind, even theoretically? I examine engineers' and users'ÂbeliefsÂabout the answer to this question through (1) a controlled experiment on emotional interpretations of heartrate, and (2) a technology probeâa working brain computer interfaceâthat revealed how software engineers in Silicon Valley imagine futures of mind-machine interfaces. I discuss how sensing technologies meet with human beliefs to shift the boundary between sensing bodies and sensing minds, and what this moving boundary means for the future of cybersecurity. I center engineers' speculative capacity as an undervalued resource in security, and motivate my ongoing work applying speculative HCI practices to surface sociotechnical security threats.