Meet Khash :-)

Hi all,

First, a little bit about me…. My name is Khashayar. I was born about a quarter of Century ago in the Mega-day old country of Iran. I have a master’s degree in electrical engineering from TU Eindhoven and my specialization is electronic systems. Without further ado, let’s dive in and talk briefly about what led me here.

Rene Decartes once said, “I think therefore I am…”

However, as Jim Rohn once said, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

If Descartes is right, then the word you does not have to be bound to your body but your thoughts. And we do know that our thoughts can out-live our bodies and become immortal. So, maybe after all, you don’t have to limit your autonomy to how well your body operates and maybe having a healthy brain is all you really need to live your life to its fullest, as long as your thoughts can find a way to escape your head and flow into the physical world. And maybe Stephen Hawking’s glorious life is the proof for this statement.

As unreasonable as it sounds, one of my technological dreams is to build an electronic chip that can hold one’s thoughts, consciousness and thus one’s existence. This way, everyone has the option of not having to cease to exist. There are many books and movies about great scholars and this is how we mostly learn about them. But, what if we could really see them and talk to them? What if they could still live among us and actively help the human race long after their organic bodies ceased to exist? What if you don’t have to make do with pictures and videos of the loved ones you have lost and what if you could sit down and have a conversation with them?

To this day, scientists know very little about how a brain-like system works, but they have found ways to decode brain signals (at least to some extent). At MindAffect, we are working on this type of technological advancement to unlock the door of interaction for the ones locked inside their own body. This can be an outside-in approach for learning more and more about how a brain-like system works.

My master’s thesis project was about mapping a brain-computer-interface technology onto an electronic chip, the same technology we are developing at MindAffect. After graduation, I joined MindAffect to further pursue the goal of mapping this technology onto electronic systems. I’m still meeting with TU Eindhoven’s electronic systems group on a weekly basis, and gladly to this day, they are actively involved in developing dedicated electronics suitable for our technology.

I feel grateful for having a chance to pursue one of my dreams with MindAffect. And to top it all off, I am working together with a team of wonderful and inspiring individuals who are kind enough to have me as their colleague…. I believe that we have all the right tools and ingredients to succeed. So, let’s open up new dimensions of interaction!

P.S. Don’t hesitate to reach me at khash@mindaffect.nl