The Brain Implants That Could Change Humanity

August 28, 2020

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Jack Gallant, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, develops computational models to improve our understanding of how brains process information, and to decode information in the brain in order to reconstruct mental experiences. This new article in the New York Times highlights Gallant’s research and introduces new brain decoding implants that are being used to help people with paralysis and addiction, stroke complications and communications issues (such as locked-in syndrome and Lou Gehrig’s disease), and to delve deeper into the causes of depression, comas, and Alzheimer’s.  The article also investigates the ethical issues that accompany new “brain-reading technology” and machines “that can read the brain.”

The Brain Implants That Could Change Humanity: Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?
August 28, 2020  |  Moises Velasquez-Manoff  |  New York Times

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