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Guest Post: Matt Doyle, author of Shadows of the Past

The following is a guest post to celebrate the release of Matt Doyle's Shadows of the Past, the latest installment in the Cassie Tam series. Sci-Fi and Why I Write the Stories I Do I’ve always loved sci-fi. As a kid, I used to spend hours watching shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Farscape.… Continue reading Guest Post: Matt Doyle, author of Shadows of the Past

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Neuralink Makes News: Your Brain and the Internet as One

Last week, brain-computer interface aficionados brimmed with anticipation as word spread that Neuralink's Elon Musk would soon have a major announcement about his BCI venture. I've written about or mentioned Neuralink a number of times over the course of the years, though in nearly every context there's been little to report beyond the name of… Continue reading Neuralink Makes News: Your Brain and the Internet as One

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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