A competitor to Elon Musk’s Neuralink said it raised $20 million, enough to get it on track to introduce a new generation of powerful and tiny electrodes to the human brain.
Paradromics Inc., founded in 2015 about a year ahead of Neuralink, is building brain-computer interfaces that could help people with disorders ranging from paralysis to speech impediments. [Read more…] about Neurotech start-up Paradromics raises $20M to address brain-related disorders via next-gen brain-computer interfaces
Rice University Charges Into the Future with Magnetics and Bioimplants (All About Circuits):
Advances in self-generating drug delivery systems, brain-to-brain communication, and injury mitigation technologies are just some of the newest research coming down the pipeline from Rice University.
Several research projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) N3 program might herald a future of highly advanced human-machine interfacing that expands the capabilities of soldiers and first responders. [Read more…] about DARPA-funded nonsurgical neurotechnologies push the frontier of brain-machine interfaces
DARPA Funds Ambitious Brain-Machine Interface Program (IEEE Spectrum):
“DARPA’s Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program has awarded funding to six groups attempting to build brain-machine interfaces that match the performance of implanted electrodes but with no surgery whatsoever. [Read more…] about Six DARPA-funded research teams aim at revolutionizing noninvasive brain-machine interfaces
The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains (The Atlantic):
“…darpa officials refer to the potential consequences of neurotechnology by invoking the acronym elsi, a term of art devised for the Human Genome Project. It stands for “ethical, legal, social implications.” The man who led the discussion on ethics among the research teams [Read more…] about Anticipating ethical implications of DARPA’s neurotechnology push
DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters (IEEE Spectrum):
“Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned home with disabilities of the body or brain. For example, programs have funded research on prosthetic limbs that are wired into the nervous system and brain implants that could treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
But the way the military fights wars is changing, and so must DARPA’s priorities [Read more…] about DARPA paving the way for a future brain-based Internet
“Over the past two decades, the international biomedical research community has demonstrated increasingly sophisticated ways to allow a person’s brain to communicate with a device, allowing breakthroughs aimed at improving quality of life, such as access to computers and the internet, and more recently control of a prosthetic limb.
The state of the art in brain-system communications has employed invasive techniques that allow precise, high-quality connections to specific neurons or groups of neurons. These techniques have helped patients with brain injury and other illnesses. However, these techniques are not appropriate for able-bodied people. DARPA now seeks to achieve high levels of brain-system communications without surgery, in its new program, Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3). [Read more…] about DARPA invests in nonsurgical neurotechnologies for eventual use in healthy human subjects