Melding mind and machine: How close are we?

Mark Stone, CSNE
Amplified EEG. Mark Stone, CSNE

This piece was written by James Wu and Dr. Rajesh P.N. Rao at the University of Washington for The Conversation. It has since been featured in Scientific American and Smithsonian Magazine.

Just as ancient Greeks fantasized about soaring flight, today’s imaginations dream of melding minds and machines as a remedy to the pesky problem of human mortality. Can the mind connect directly with artificial intelligence, robots and other minds through brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies to transcend our human limitations?

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A crash survey of noninvasive neuroengineering

covariance map

The true potential of noninvasive neuroengineering is still waiting to be unlocked. Unfortunately, no existing implementation of a noninvasive neurotechnology - one that doesn’t break the skin - yet provides the value required of a consumer facing product. This shouldn’t stop you from pushing forward, but in the following methods, let’s examine the common approaches, and where boundaries and limitations lie.

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