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Fady Azzi: From Lebanon to Australia penetrating minds with computers

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We hear it a lot nowadays, and we hear it even more now given the situation in Lebanon: great minds are leaving the country to excel and shine abroad. Likewise, Fady, the 28-year-old computer engineer from Lebanon signed up for a Master of Engineering in Cyber Security and a Master of Engineering in Telecommunications and Electronics at the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS) to go on and create the world’s first Semantic Brain Computer Interface (BCI).

In Fady’s own words, BCI “allows researchers in the future to read what a person is thinking and correct misunderstandings.” In other words, it’s a technology that could – in a way – read your mind looking for incorrect ideas that you may have. By detecting these misgivings, it can help prevent accidents or injuries; for example, if an electrician is approaching a plugged-in machine in order to fix it believing that it is unplugged, the BCI would detect this idea, assess the situation and then warn the person, thereby saving his life.

The idea of Fady’s BCI initially started as a project to help individuals with physical disabilities to move things with their minds, thus making their lives easier. Upon further research and investigation, Fady discovered that the Brain Computer Interface can have a much broader application, which led to the technology in its current form and application. Fady believes he can still push the project further, hoping to be able to use it to extract information and memory from the brain and into a computer; moreover, it may also be used to correct brain-body connection disabilities and much more.

Aside from his work and research in computer engineering, Fady is an avid explorer who has already visited more than 200 breathtaking and little-known locations around Australia. Although Lebanon has a special place in his heart, Fady has fallen in love with the Australian landscape and lifestyle and believes that his future, like many other Lebanese expatriates, is much brighter in Australia. He understands that this country is not only about the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, and he states that “No one knows about the not famous places. My main goal was to show people that this country has stunning and beautiful places to visit. They [people] need to search and ask to find them.”

Fady is very active on social media where he shares photos and videos of his travels and experiences with thousands of subscribers. You can check them out on his Facebook and Instagram accounts; however, if you really want to peek into that genius’ brain, then you need to subscribe to his Youtube channel where he tackles a variety of interesting topics including cryptocurrency, Australian exploration, and technology.

Dr. Aubrey de Grey, an expert on aging believes that the first person who will live to be a thousand years old has already been born and that the problem of aging will be solved through technology. Could Fady’s BCI be used as a means to overcome this obstacle? Are we looking at the technology that will enable people’s memories to be transferred into microchips and then into other people, enabling them to live longer and longer, as seen in the sci-fi series “Altered Carbon”? Fady believes that we’re not there yet, especially since such a feat would require a collaboration between medical professionals as well as technology engineers, among others. He says that his project “has the potential to make human mental and memory presence immortal,” however, “as far as for physical immortality, it remains impossible, at least for now.”

Despite his genius, Fady is an approachable and humble person who cares deeply about his work and the people around him. He is a person everyone can learn from, and he still has a whole lot to give; therefore, if you would like to show your support, you can donate any amount to his Paypal account. Whatever support you can provide will go a long way in making sure that Fady’s work keeps growing, evolving, and reshaping humanity.

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