Brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies are no longer hypothetical, yet there are fundamental aspects of the technology that remain unaddressed by both ethicists and policy-makers. Two new papers address these issues by outlining the outstanding ethical issues, offering guidance for addressing those issues, and offering particular insight into the field of BCI tech for cognitive enhancement. [Read more…] about Studies identify key ethical concerns raised by invasive and non-invasive neurotechnologies
The Fifth Industrial Revolution: where mind meets machine (The National):
The Fifth Industrial Revolution will make that connection closer and seamless, and will feel unmediated. The smart device onto which we tap and into which we speak will disappear. Brain-computer interfaces will replace them…Can we connect our brains – and our minds – to machines? The short answer is yes, and we have done so for some time. The longer answer is more complicated, but more interesting.
Time for the first SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter in the new decade, featuring a range of inspiring and (mostly) promising news about humankind’s evolving quest to enhance the brain and the mind, and a few fun brain teasers 🙂
- The NeuroGeneration and Humankind’s Quest to Enhance the Brain
- UCSF to open innovative neurology clinic to address “diagnostic odyssey”
- For Spanish speakers: watch presentation of El Cerebro Que Cura
- Five profound ways physical exercise shapes your brain and mind
- Having ADHD costs $1.1 million in lower lifetime earnings, even when “treated”
- Reminder: Professional development opportunity with neuropsychologist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg
- The birth of “everyday” brain-computer interfaces
- Growing interest in (and questions around) brain training centers for kids with special needs
- Neurotech seen at CES 2020: BrainCo prosthetic hand, Urgonight, Alpha-Stim X, NIRSIT Lite, Muse S and FocusFit
A few quick brain teasers to workout your prefrontal cortex:
Have a great February,
The SharpBrains Team
“Neurable has announced a $6 million Series A round of funding to move beyond VR applications and develop the everyday brain-computer interface. These will take a headphones form factor and will target consumers. This marks an exciting advancement for brain-computer interfaces (BCI) [Read more…] about The birth of “everyday” brain-computer interfaces
Neurotechnology Startup NextMind Secures $4.6 Million (press release):
“NextMind, a fast-growing neurotechnology startup developing a groundbreaking, noninvasive, AI-based brain-computer interface geared to the mass market, announced today it has raised $4.6 million in funding to bring its direct brain command solution to technology integrators and game developers in 2019 [Read more…] about Trend: Growing investment behind non-invasive, AI-based brain-computer interfaces
Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up”? Under what conditions may specific brain training/ enhancement methods work? Is implanting electrodes in one’s brain–as Elon Musk’s new venture just announced–the most promising way to create a brain-computer interface? How can we harness neuroplasticity to reinvent education and mental health?
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