Tan Le is the founder & CEO of Emotiv Lifescience, a bioinformatics company that's working on identifying biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG).
Tan Le is the co-founder and president of Emotiv Lifescience. Before this, she headed a firm that worked on a new form of remote control that uses brainwaves to control digital devices and digital media. It's long been a dream to bypass the mechanical (mouse, keyboard, clicker) and have our digital devices respond directly to what we think. Emotiv's EPOC headset uses 16 sensors to listen to activity across the entire brain. Software "learns" what each user's brain activity looks like when one, for instance, imagines a left turn or a jump.
Le herself has an extraordinary story -- a refugee from Vietnam at age 4, she entered college at 16 and has since become a vital young leader in her home country of Australia.
"We're looking at the tip of the iceberg. We're looking at the computer of the '70s. Everybody knows this is going to be awesome in the future and do a lot of things."Nam Do, cofounder of Emotiv
“It is okay to be an outsider, a recent arrival, new on the scene — and not just okay, but something to be thankful for. … Because being an insider can so easily mean collapsing the horizons, can so easily mean accepting the presumptions of your province.”
“I have stepped outside my comfort zone enough to know that, yes, the world does fall apart, but not in the way that you fear.”
“Can I give [my children] a bow in their lives, dipping bravely into each wave, the unperturbed and steady beat of the engine, the vast horizon that guarantees nothing?”
“There were rare but searing chants of ‘Slit-eye’ and the occasional graffiti: ‘Asian, go home.’ Go home to where?”
“Like most adults on the boat, my mother carried a small bottle of poison. If we were captured, first my sister and I, then she and my grandmother would drink.”
“I am afraid of privilege, of ease, of entitlement.”