A scary glimpse into our future.

For my second digital story of the week, I chose to watch Mary Lou Jepsen’s “Could future devices read images from our brains?”  I chose this TED talk because I saw somewhat of a link between the previous TED talk about how nonverbal cues have an impact on people and situations.   If you can read someone’s mind that jumps past all the verbal and nonverbal factors right to the point.

Assessment traits used:

  • Content understanding
  • Economy
  • Presentation and Performance

Content understanding: 4/10

Right off the bat, Mary Lou Jepsen admitted that she was an engineer not necessarily anyone who was equipped to adequately handle the subject matter she was referencing.   Her background included having brain surgery but that in no way makes you a reputable person to speak on the matter.  She claimed, she had a passion for the field but she did not specifically address how she gained the knowledge of the subject matter she was speaking about.  That being said, she had interesting ideas and she clearly presented the information in a thought provoking manner.

Economy:  3/10

When the presenter was talking about her experience taking different hormones it derailed her entire story.  I did not find any relevance in referencing what it felt like to be a 20 year old male.  If anything it proved her ideas to be more opinion than fact based.  The shift from personal experience to actual science was grainy and not necessarily going to captivate the audience.

Presentation and Performance:  5/10

The slide show that was presented during this video was informative but rather dry.  She did well on the instance of referencing the study that produced fuzzy images of people “imagining” an object, but failed at connecting with the audience on much else.  Her opinions of new technologies seemed less fact based and more conceptual.  The overall performance left a lot to be desired as the video was only about ten minutes long.  A further explanation of new advances in technology would have provided more insight on what is to come in the future.

Wrap Up: 12/30

The research portion of this assessment was not addressed.  Although the presenter had numerous slides about studies done in the past, it did not address future endeavors.  The scientific findings she spoke about were minimal during her lecture.  Also, when telling a personal story that is not relevant it made Mary Lou Jepsen look less like an authority figure and made her project planning look unstructured.   To improve this video the length and media usage should be extended.  Her narration as well could have been more fact based, as I have mentioned previously.  I would not necessarily recommend this video to anyone else because of the lack of scientific data.


Jepsen, Mary Lou (2013 March).  Could future devices read images from our brains?


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