Brain-computer interface devices have the potential to boost users’ autonomy, especially for people who experience paralysis. But that comes with risks, as well.
As Elon Musk’s Neuralink begins inserting chips into human brains, we trace the history of ‘mind reading’ technology and assess the potential risks and rewards
The technology to link human brains with computers is developing quickly – but the path ahead is full of challenges.
Neuralink’s first human trial is more than just a technical milestone; it represents a major leap in potential human-computer interaction.
More invasive devices have prompted new debates about privacy and freedom. But it’s important to keep in mind that other technologies already sense and shape our thoughts, a neuroethicist argues.
An expert explain the various concerns that were holding up FDA approval – from potential harmful side effects, to protecting the privacy of users’ brain-wave data.
Neuralink might get all the press – but these unsung heroes are pioneering brain-computer interface technology.
Several companies are in the process of commercialising invasive brain-computer interfaces, including Synchron, Neuralink and Precision Neuroscience.
From warfare to entertainment and VR, brain-computer interface development has extended beyond prosthetics for patients with disabilities. Missing is full ethical consideration of the consequences.
The technology is progressing but it must pass a number of regulatory hurdles. We’re unlikely to see an affordable implant in the short term.
Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter may be an indicator of the billionaire’s plans to further disrupt industries.
Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface technology could bring humans and computers closer together than ever before, and herald a new frontier in healthcare
Decades of research have shown that the brain does not yield its secrets easily.
The most interesting thing is how free Gertrude is to move around while the implanted chip collects the data.
Researchers have developed implants small enough to fit inside brain cells.
Facebook and Neuralink are developing interfaces to link our brains to computers, with serious ethical issues.
BMIs like the ones Neuralink is working on are already used in laboratories around the world as assistive technologies. But melding your mind with an AI is probably not happening anytime soon.
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Neuralink is probably a dangerous idea, but to the first person who fell into a firepit, so was fire.
Brain-computer interfacing is a hot topic in the tech world, with Elon Musk’s announcement of his new Neuralink startup. Here, researchers separate what’s science from what’s currently still fiction.