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Covert Consciousness and the Brain-Computer Interface

Among the concerns I had when writing Imminent Dawn was, frighteningly, one pertaining to the believability of its core concept---namely that anyone would expect an internet-access brain implant to somehow permit an individual in a coma to communicate in any capacity. The adversely affected individual is in a coma, after all; what brain activity could there possibly be?… Continue reading Covert Consciousness and the Brain-Computer Interface

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Silent No Longer: When Computers Speak on Our Behalf

This may come as good news to those who are unable to speak due to disability or disease: "a research team has developed a method to synthesize a person's speech using the brain signals that are related to the movements of their jaw, larynx, lips and tongue" per this article. What does this mean? Well,… Continue reading Silent No Longer: When Computers Speak on Our Behalf

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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

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All the Brain’s a Stage: Theatre and the Brain-Computer Interface

Whether in medicine, video games, or the arts, we've certainly covered a number of bases where uses for brain-computer interface technologies are concerned. Recently, however, BrainBit's EEG headbands, a non-invasive BCI that monitors brain activity using alpha, beta, delta, and theta waves, was put to use in the realm of theatre. Throughout the performance, a… Continue reading All the Brain’s a Stage: Theatre and the Brain-Computer Interface

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Painting on the Brain, With the Brain

First it's music, now it's art. Technology linking machines and the mind is becoming more real with every passing day, and, further proving the point, brain-computer interface researchers have now ventured into the world of art therapy. As this article in ALS News Today reports, a new study into probing the effects of digital art therapy… Continue reading Painting on the Brain, With the Brain