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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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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