Digital Mind Reading: It’s Already Here

Recent reports from China's Xinhua state news agency have been reported in a number of other outlets as of late, with every one of them focusing on one aspect of the Brain Talker brain-computer interface (BCI) in particular---namely that it permits those who are using the chip to "discriminate minor neural electrical signals and decode… Continue reading Digital Mind Reading: It’s Already Here

It All Comes Back to Sound (And Tesla)

In previous posts, we've explored how DARPA recently awarded major grants to Batelle among others, all in the interest of developing advanced brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for military applications. And, not all that far removed from our exploration of that very topic, we also saw how BCIs are capable of permitting users to create music directly… Continue reading It All Comes Back to Sound (And Tesla)

Talking Timelines: The Simulation Point

It's been a minute since we've explored the timelines on which we might see brain-computer interface (BCI) technology in use in our everyday lives, so let's return to that topic now, specifically as it pertains to the creation of a realistic life simulator indistinguishable from reality. In this article for Digital Trends, Rizwan Virk does an… Continue reading Talking Timelines: The Simulation Point

Demand Action! The Ethical and Legal Implications of the Brain-Computer Interface

I've written about ethical, legal, and accessibility considerations for the brain-computer interface (BCI) many times before, but it bears repeating after stumbling into this article from Calcalistech that treats just that. Over the course of this article, a number of excellent questions are raised regarding topics ranging from the militarization of BCI technology, brain hacking… Continue reading Demand Action! The Ethical and Legal Implications of the Brain-Computer Interface

Coma No More: The Brain-Computer Interface and Locked-in Patients

The brain-computer interface (BCI) is in the news again, this time in Telluride, Colorado, where Doctor Brendan Allison of the UC San Diego Cognitive Science Department spoke on Wednesday about the brain-computer interface and how it might help coma or other locked-in patients. Sound familiar? Art-school dropout Chandra would do anything to apologize for her… Continue reading Coma No More: The Brain-Computer Interface and Locked-in Patients