Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement, 2014-2017
The project Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement benefits from a €611.065 grant from Norway through the Norway Grants.
The Programme Operator of Czech-Norwegian research programme is Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
Representatives and all work-package leaders of HCENAT Project met on 23-24 November 2015 in Klecany, National Institute of Mental Health.
Just Published: Jůzová, M., Romportl, J., Tihelka, D. (2015) Speech Corpus Preparation for Voice Banking of Laryngectomised Patients. In: P. Král and V. Matoušek (Eds.): Text, Speech and Dialogue: 18th International Conference, TSD 2015, Pilsen, Czech Republic, September 14-17, 2015, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9302, Springer, 2015, pp. 282-290. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-24033-6_32
Just Published: Repova, B., Romportl, J., Betka, J. (2015) Voice Rehabilitation After Total Laryngectomy by TTS Synthesis. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: Laryngology/Broncho-Esophagology, September 2015, 153, p. 91. American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. doi:10.1177/0194599815593290e
Interdisciplinary activities NTC UWB, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health, are launching a study Acceptability of New Technologies for Human Cognitive Enhancement. The goal of the study is to find out how society perceives the potential of new technologies such as smartphones, autonomous vehicles, wearables or smartdrugs.
On September 3rd 2015, Jan Romportl, principal investigator of HCENAT Project, was interviewed by Lucie Výborná as a special guest at Radiožurnál (a radio channel of Czech Radio, a public radio broadcaster of the Czech Republic). He spoke of smartglasses, speech synthesis, the ongoing Acceptability of New Technologies Study, and other activities of the project and its public impact.
In August 2015, Hospodářské noviny (Economic newspaper) published two articles related to our research and team:
The first one is focused on our current research and its underlining ideas. The second one is actually an interview with project's principal investigator and cautious techno-optimist, Jan Romportl, about the artificial intelligence and the risks of technology.
The February issue of the Newspaper of University of West Bohemia published an interview with the head of the Department of Interdisciplinary activities (IDA) and principal investigator of the HCENAT project, Jan Romportl. He explains not only the purpose of interdisciplinary research as such, but he also presents recent question, which IDA seeks to answer: What are the limits and possibilities of technological enhancement of human capabilities such as thinking, cognition and perception?
In February 2015 we have organized our first project workshop on technology assessment of human cognitive enhancement. The workshop was integrated into the 2nd European TA Conference of PACITA project. The keynote speeches were given by Bjørn Hofmann (University College of Gjøvik), and Anders Sandberg (University of Oxford).
One of the main outputs that the project Naturalness in Human Cognitive enhancement is to deliver, are scientific studies on general attitudes towards new technologies and acceptability of wearable technologies in everyday life in Czech Republic and English speaking countries. In addition, we focus also on relations between the way people assess new technologies, their personality traits and ethical values.
In the mid-January, HCENAT project was presented at the annual Interdisciplinary seminar Ways of Adaptability organised by IDA UWB, held in Nečtiny. Seminar attendees had a unique opportunity to try out two different types of Smart Glasses (Vuzix M100 and Meta 1) which are explored within the project as means for human cognitive enhancement.