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Brain-computer interfaces have the potential to transform some people’s lives, but they raise a host of ethical issues, too. Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment via Getty Images

Several companies are testing brain implants – why is there so much attention swirling around Neuralink? Two professors unpack the ethical issues

Brain-computer interface devices have the potential to boost users’ autonomy, especially for people who experience paralysis. But that comes with risks, as well.
HuthLab researchers (l-r) Alex Huth, Shailee Jain and Jerry Tang behind an fMRI scanner in the University of Texas’s Biomedical Imaging Center. Nolan Zunk/UT Austin

The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it – and read people’s minds

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
Brain-computer interfaces raise many ethical questions about how and whether they should be used for certain applications. Wenjin Chen/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

Brain-computer interfaces could allow soldiers to control weapons with their thoughts and turn off their fear – but the ethics of neurotechnology lags behind the science

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.
Existing BMIs focus on restoring function for people with mobility or communication issues. UPMC/Pitt Health Sciences

Brain-machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink’s new brain implant pushes the pace

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.
A noninvasive brain-computer interface based on EEG recordings from the scalp. Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), Photo by Mark Stone

Melding mind and machine: How close are we?

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.

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