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Update: The Neurotech Revolution Could Lead To ‘Frankenstein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It

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Time for SharpBrains’ August e-newsletter, this time starting with a conversation whose time has come…

New thinking:

Year 2030, your college-age daughter, who has normal hearing, has been pounding on you to get the latest hearing aid that allows one to cancel out noise on demand, amplify selected ambient conversations at will, and can easily connect to the music store. Should you buy one for her? Maybe you should buy one not only for her, but also for you as you enter your 60s? Keep reading The Neurotech Revolution Could Lead To ‘Frankenstein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It

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Have a great September!

 

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds Neurotechnology Hubs and innovative tools to advance research on Brain & Behavior

 

— Cornell University neuroscientist Chris Xu will study how brains produce behavior in species across a range of sizes.

NSF issues awards to advance a national research infrastructure for neuroscience (press release by the National Science Foundation):

“The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) awards to aid the research community as it pursues one of its grandest challenges: understanding the brain.

These projects will support the development of innovative, accessible and shared capabilities and resources, as well as theoretical frameworks and computational modeling to advance neuroscience research Read the rest of this entry »

Neurotech start-up Rythm raises $11 million more to develop and commercialize sleep-monitoring headband Dreem

Dreem machine: Rythm raises $11 million and launches $500 sleep-monitoring headband (VentureBeat)

“Founded out of France in 2014, Rythm is now based in San Francisco, where it has been working toward bringing its Dreem machine headband to market…In a nutshell, Rythm touts itself as a neurotechnology company that’s setting out to “enhance” your sleep, Read the rest of this entry »

For invasive cognitive enhancement to work, firms will need to validate both the “neuro” and the “tech”

A Hardware Update for the Human Brain (The Wall Street Journal):

“The field that gave Emily her life back is known as neurotechnology, or simply neurotech—a marriage of neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery and the kind of hardware that goes into smartphones. Today, most neurotech companies are focused on medical applications, which Read the rest of this entry »

The dual challenge ahead of Facebook’s Typing-by-Brain project: 1) develop the neurotechnology, 2) develop the science

Director of Typing-by-Brain Project Discusses How Facebook Will Get Inside Your Head (IEEE Spectrum):

“When Facebook’s Mark Chevillet describes the company’s new “typing by brain” initiative, he has a way of keeping it from sounding totally crazy Read the rest of this entry »

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