Tuned humans

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz explains the technological background of ‘mind reading’ on television in "W wie Wissen" (ARD)

The vision of cyborgs has changed over the decades and the idea of mind reading or enhancing the human capacity by uploading knowledge via brain-computer-interfaces has moved from science fiction novels to business models of high-tech start-up companies. ARD's iconic "W wie Wissen" magazine has assembled features on ‘tuned humans’. Thomas Stieglitz, Professor of Biomedical Microtechnology at the IMTEK and co-spokesperson of the BrainLinks-BrainTools Center at the University of Freiburg presents the technical background on such developments and discusses promises, opportunities and technical as well as medical limitations and societal challenges of this exciting but sometimes frightening research field of neurotechnology.


"Der getunte Mensch" has been broadcasted on April24th, 2021 on ARD in "W wie Wissen". SWR Science Magazine "Odysso" will broadcast the feature again on May 6th, 2021.

The feature is also available online (in German) on ARD Mediathek:


Link to the feature with Prof. Stieglitz „Die Cyborgs kommen“

Link to the complete show “Der getunte Mensch”

Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz
Professur für Biomedizinische Mikrotechnik
Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik - IMTEK
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


Photo: Klaus Polkowski