Alternative Approaches to Accessibility

It's a long accepted axiom that the mother of all invention is necessity, that the advent of all technological advancement has its origins not in want, but in need. It stands to reason, then, that if all invention stems from need---a true need---that all people should at least have access to these advancements, big or… Continue reading Alternative Approaches to Accessibility

With the Internet in Mind

Given that the technology around which the EMPATHY series centers is an internet-access brain implant, let's take a moment to explore how close we are (or aren't) to having such a thing in real life. Back in March of 2017, I wrote this blog post about Neuralink, which this article from The Verge describes as… Continue reading With the Internet in Mind

Mental Multiplayer Tetris: Where Have I Heard This Idea Before?

The University of Washington's Center for Neurotechnology recently invited NPR's Elise Hu to participate in a demonstration of a brain-computer interface that allows users "to move Tetris-like shapes on a computer screen using only thoughts." Sound incredible? It is. It's also not the first time you might have heard of a mentally controlled video game similar to… Continue reading Mental Multiplayer Tetris: Where Have I Heard This Idea Before?

Yes, It’s Possible: Recording Music Directly From Your Brain

Oxford University Press recently published this article, the extract of which details how physical and virtual instruments have been able to be controlled directly via brain signals. Finally, you might say, I can lay down all of those beats I've got bouncing around in my head all day. And yes! You could---or will be able to,… Continue reading Yes, It’s Possible: Recording Music Directly From Your Brain

What is EMPATHY?

Given it's the name of the series, exploring exactly what EMPATHY is figures among the most crucial bits of context one needs to explore this blog. So what is EMPATHY, exactly? Imagine a world where the portal to this site wasn't held in your hands or resting on your lap or desktop. Imagine a world… Continue reading What is EMPATHY?