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.
Tap on icon for description, click on resource name for more details.
Postcyberpunk thriller novel by Ramez Naam. Winner of the Prometheus Award.
Company enabling neuroscience research with tailored non-invasive brain stimulation and brain imaging solutions
Pager, a nine year old Macaque, plays MindPong with his Neuralink.
Online event about brain enhancement organized by Humanity+ with Anders Sandberg and Francesca Minerva (FREE)
Life Sciences Company Focused On Neuroscience-Based Technologies.
Brain Computer Interfaces
Brain Interface Blog Posts
Nexus Book Review (Ramez Naam)
02-Sep-2019 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.
New study shows high potential for restoring functional vision in the blind
NPR - 23-Oct-2021
Transferring information to the visual cortex of blind is a dream come trueRead more...
A tiny brain implant restores sense of touch, even in fingertips
Business Wire - 16-Aug-2021
Through stimulating deeper parts of brain, patients can feel and control their limbsRead more...
Synchron helps paralysed patients control digital devices with thoughts alone
MobiHealthNews - 29-Jul-2021
Implantable brain computer interface received FDA approval for human trials in USRead more...
Translation of brain signals from a paralyzed patient into text by machine learning
Guardian - 15-Jul-2021
Neuroprosthesis provides natural communication for people who cannot talkRead more...
Tiny carbon fiber electrode records precise neural signals in rats
Medical Xpress - 08-Jul-2021
Novel brain implant that last years without damaging tissuesRead more...