Yukiyasu Kamitani

What are you most trying to accomplish in your work? 

To develop brain-based communication channels that bypasses the body and sensory organs.

What do you think sets your work apart from the work of others in your field?

The use of detailed brain activity patterns unique to individuals, which cannot be distinguished by our naked eyes.

What or who inspired you to get into your field? Do you have any individuals or groups of people that you credit with helping you achieve the goals you set out to accomplish?

I have a philosophy background and my research is driven by philosophical questions such as how the brain, physical entity, generates mental states. I was influence by Francis Crick and Christof Koch who promoted scientific, rather than, approaches to the study of consciousness.

What role has serendipity played in the turning points in your career? 

Serendipity means a lot in my career. I found a new research approach by chance several times, such as when I happened to be reading two books on completely different themes, and an idea that related them came to my mind.

What have been the greatest challenges that you have encountered in your career?

It is always difficult to convince people to work on an ambitious project so that our research gets funded and team members get motivated.

Do you believe leaders and innovators have certain qualities that they all share? If so, what?

Vision and grit, plus some capacity to communicate them.

How would you most like to change the world through your work?

By changing the way we transmit internal images and messages to the world and other people.

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