This year, the famous Chaos Communications Congress will be holding its 35th meeting, in Leipzig Germany.
Here is a description of the lecture I’ll be giving:
We mostly see with the mind, and the mind is flexible. For the four hundred million people with Lazy Eye, their brain encountered an installation error when linking both eyes as babies. As a PlanB their brain switched one eye off. I’ll talk a bit about how the visual system works, and how our open-source virtual reality software (backed by social impact lab Leipzig and the prototypefund.de) can hack through that suppression and provide a chance to “re-install” full sight with two eyes.
By providing an open set of tools for creating comparable experiments, our goal is not just to provide a tool, and a set of tools for building more tools, but to provide the basis for one of the world’s largest open-science experiments.
Nobody claims to have predictive scientific models of how the visual system works in its entirety, and that means there is so much more still to discover. In the case of Lazy Eye, some aspects of the visual system are de-activated and/or dormant. What we can do is to comparatively explore which techniques and approaches have which effects on opening visual perceptions, and thereby drive our understanding of the system forward on a theoretical and practical level.
If you’d like to know more, check out www.eyeskills.org and come along to this talk 🙂