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
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
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?
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?
The brain-computer interface is everywhere these days, it seems. Whether in this article on Wired or this one in the UK's Express, EMPATHY-like technology is either hailed as a proud leap forward or denigrated as a threat to that which makes us human. In the Wired article above, for example, Taryn Southern argues--- "There seemed to be this disconnect between… Continue reading Danger or Delight? The Brain-Computer Interface IRL