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Brain Interface

Whether to improve our cognition or as a lasts desperate attempt to survive while waiting for better bodies to replace our ailing ones, brain interfaces which allow us to communicate directly with technology are already on their way. Experiments have been performed with monkeys thousands of miles apart with one brain controlling the other monkey's actions. At the moment it takes months of training and computer learning to determine which signals do what, but with the ever exponential increase in computing power that time will be significantly reduced in future.

So rather than asking Siri out loud how many calories in a banana, perhaps one day just thinking the question will be enough for a flood of information to appear in your mind ready for you do dive into and review?

But brain to brain communication will not be as straightforward as computer to computer messaging. Even between different manufacturers and operating systems, transferring an image file from one to another results in identical bits (in the form of a jpg or png file) being stored in exactly the same order on the target machine as on the original. However, transferring an image from one person’s mind to another – as well needing thousands, if not millions, of neuron interfaces – would need us to understand what the connections and firing patterns in the first brain represent (the image) and then determine which neurons needs simulating in the target brain to see it. Every brain in different, built up on a lifetime of experiences, so images and ideas cannot be simply copied – neuron for neuron – between two minds.

This section will keep you up to date with the latest developments and real world examples of the continuing blurring between man and machine.

Resources

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Book

Postcyberpunk thriller novel by Ramez Naam. Winner of the Prometheus Award.

Academic

Chairman of Blackrock Neurotech and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Utah

Company

Company enabling neuroscience research with tailored non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging solutions

Video

Pager, a nine year old Macaque, plays MindPong with his Neuralink.

Event

Online event about brain enhancement organized by Humanity+ with Anders Sandberg and Francesca Minerva (FREE)

Company

Life Sciences Company Focused On Neuroscience-Based Technologies.

Company

Brain Computer Interfaces

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Brain Interface Blog Posts

Nexus Book Review (Ramez Naam)
02-Sep-2019

Nexus Book Review (Ramez Naam)

A thought-provoking book with the same thorough detail given to the near future as Iain M. Banks does to the far future culture universe.

Recent News

Brain implant allows fully paralysed patient to spell words and phrases

The Guardian - 22-Mar-2022

Communication is slow at one letter per minute but further developments may improve the pace

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New flexible microneedle array records electrical signals from a large portion of the brain

Medgadget - 21-Mar-2022

Advancement in brain-computer interface technology to control external devices using mind

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Lights go off for people with obsolete Second Sight retinal implants

BBC - 17-Feb-2022

No promised upgrades, and no vision at all for some recipients

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Synchron gets investment from Neuralink cofounder

Futurism - 07-Feb-2022

Appears to be ahead in the race as already started human trials

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Medgadget interviews Blackrock Neurotech's Chairman about thought-to-text BCI

Medgadget - 28-Dec-2021

The latest application of its NeuroPort Array that can also restore movement, touch and hearing

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