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
Decades from now when our augmented brains have enhanced our cognitive function and transformed nearly every aspect of our lives, many of us will look back and wonder why we didn’t do more to prepare for these inevitable changes. Government leaders may grapple with the runaway effects of AI and brain enhancement on geopolitics. Companies that fail to incorporate neurotechnologies and BCI into their operational flow could lose significant market share and be forced to scramble in an attempt to regain a foothold in an industry they once dominated.
Workers who don’t heed the warnings to re-skill or upskill may find themselves out of a job as entire industries disappear. Graduating college students may discover their field of study is no longer relevant in the business world, leaving them unprepared for the changing job market. Tech innovators could be caught up in fierce competition to snap up employees from a very limited talent pool, driving up the cost of innovation and hampering its development. And everyday citizens may be wrestling with the unexpected consequences of unintentionally giving away the rights to their neural data.
Rest assured, it doesn’t have to be this way. [Read more…] about Fast Forward to 2040: How to prepare for the new era in brain enhancement that will change the way we think, work, and heal
“Mindstrong Health, a healthcare innovation company dedicated to transforming mental health through innovations in digital measurement and virtual care models, today announced the addition of ten senior executives to its leadership team including CEO Daniel Graf, who joined the company in October 2019.”
On top of Mr. Graf, Mindstrong Health has also recruited: [Read more…] about Mindstrong Health recruits slew of Silicon Valley talent
Just a heads-up about a great event later this week in Dublin, Ireland, for those working on virtual and augmented reality and healthcare innovation.
When: Thu Dec 5, 2019 8:00 am — Fri Dec 6, 2019 5:00 pm.
Where: Davenport Hotel
Featured sessions include:
Apple, Eli Lilly research whether devices can detect dementia signs (Healthcare Dive):
“Dementia, which affects roughly 47 million people across the globe, costs $1 trillion worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Early testing for the condition is sporadic and, when conducted, it’s often not sensitive enough to detect early stages of mental decline, creating an opportunity for tech companies like Apple to see whether they can turn a profit.
The “rich, longitudinal information” from wearable and mobile consumer devices can be [Read more…] about Apple/ Eli Lilly’s bet: Wearable and mobile consumer devices may well help us detect cognitive impairment and dementia
Time for SharpBrains e‑newsletter.
It’s been a busy month, once again bringing to the forefront the limitations of our current healthcare system and, on the positive side, the growing opportunities to improve Brain Health and Mental Health for all, if we pay attention to (and act on) latest research, thinking and tools.
- When Healthcare ignores Mental Health: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk
- Report finds only 35% of Canadian youth get the physical activity recommended for brain health
- Study finds training-induced neuroplasticity even in patients with chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Want to feel more Calm, get some Headspace, and practice Mindfulness Daily?
- (Slidedeck) Why the Future of Brain Enhancement and Mental Health is Digital and Pervasive
- Study finds the limits of putting oneself in another’s shoes (instead, ask and listen)
- Sleep-focused neurotech firm Dreem raises $35M from Johnson&Johnson Innovation and Bpifrance
- FDA clears MindMaze GO neurorehabilitation platform, easing access to continued outpatient therapy
- From Angry Birds to brain mapping: The Gamification of Neuroscience
Finally, we invite you to tease your mind with these four optical illusions. Surprising, aren’t they?
Have a great month of July,
The SharpBrains Team