Brandon King

 Using Systems Thinking/HFE to Identify and Mitigate the Risks Associated with the Use of Brain-Computer Interfaces.

Brandon is a PhD Candidate at the Centre investigating the risks associated with the use of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) from a lifecycle systems perspective. This is supported by a Research Training Program scholarship and the project forms part of a greater Centre project examining the risks of artificial general intelligence (AGI).

Brandon has previously completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast(UniSC) with a Class I Honours. The thesis project was undertaken at the Centre and involved the creation and evaluation of a novel risk summary sheet for the ground operations of a large civilian aviation company.

As an avid reader of science fiction, Brandon is fascinated with the implications of technologies that far exceed our current capability. However, what we once considered science fiction is quickly becoming fact and unfortunately it appears that the designers of these technologies are not accounting for their potential system-wide implications. Brandon’s drive is to support the design and implementation of these future technologies, such as BCI and AGI systems, to ensure that the profound benefits are realised for humanity while minimising human suffering. The alternative, such as being turned into a paperclip by a rogue AGI system, does not seem ideal.

Brandon’s current research interests include:

  • Brain-computer interfaces
  • Artificial general intelligence
  • System-wide implications of future technologies
  • Defence science

If you would like to discuss any of these interests with Brandon, please contact him on: brandon.king@research.usc.edu.au