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Inspired by: workshops/meetings » iBrain vs. Brain Point

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iKnow workshop country name

Czech Republic

Workshop date

March 2010


(max. 9 words)

iBrain vs. Brain Point


(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
This wildcard was generated from the Grand Challenge Work Life Balance. The original idea was derived from a work saving aspect whereby thoughts could be transferred straight from the brain onto software similar to Microsoft Word. The software/application would also be able to analyze, process and structure the ideas into coherent text draft form. This would save the author typing all the ideas in and all that would be left would be editing. However there were some downsides identified with this wild card, this could potentially lead to loss of privacy and security concerns. Not all thoughts would be desirable on paper.


ICT, brain scanning, thoughts reading, software, security


(max. 250 characters)

Human thoughts could be transferred straight from the brain onto software similar to Microsoft Word. The software/application would also be able to analyze, process and structure the ideas into coherent text draft form.


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Features of life if the wild card manifests

Feature 1: business models and industrial environment
Improvement of B2B and B2C communication
Feature 2: education and research environment
Easy sharing of ideas
Feature 6: health and quality of life
Efficient improvement of human work
Feature 7: security and defence
Loss of privacy

Type of event

Human planned (e.g. terrorist attack or funded scientific breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A new development/situation
(e.g. a Romani state is established in central Europe; A message from an alien civilisation existing on a distant planet is received and understood, etc.

Type of systems affected

Human-built Systems - E.g. organisations, processes, technologies, etc.




please specify:
please select
Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
institutional filters (rules, laws, regulations)
economic filters (business/market interests)
affective filters (emotions, anxiety, self-doubt)
political filters (party or ideological interests)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

In a probably pervasive way (contagious or transmittable)

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Transformation of a system (e.g. new applications, change in stakeholders relations/influence)

Key drivers or triggers

Provide up to 2 possible drivers or triggers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
please describe
Driver / Trigger 1
please describe
Driver / Trigger 2
Technological/Scientific Advancement in brain scanning technology

Potential impacts (risks & opportunities)

Timeframe options
Risks Opportunities
(within 1 year after the Wild Card manifests)
Security risks

Potential stakeholders' actions

it occurs
it occurs
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) Security measures Security measures
Academic/Research sector Develop brain-computer interfaces

Relevance for Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Ethics and abuse of S&T Not all thoughts would be desirable on paper
Innovation dynamics
Techno-security, hazard & risk

Relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies potentially helping to deal with the wild card

please justify:
particularly relevant
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures

 Features of a research-friendly ecology contributing to deal with the wild card

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.

Relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
Such a wild card would require research into human thought encryption and thought visualisation technologies.