Items tagged with brain computer interface

Imagine a world where you could control a computer with your mind. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences have created a brain-computer interface (BCI) that is reliant on machine learning. Paralyzed individuals were able to control a computer cursor with their brain activity without the need for constant retraining.  Past brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) “...used ‘pin-cushion’ style arrays of sharp electrodes” that would penetrate the brain. These arrays would allow for more “sensitive recordings”, but they were relatively short-lived. Researchers would need to reset and recalibrate their systems every... Read more...
Researchers in France have developed an exoskeleton suit that can be manipulated with a person's mind, via a surgical brain computer interface (BCI) implant. This suit allowed a paralyzed man to move both his arms and legs for the first time since suffering an injury that left him without the ability to perform those motor functions. His name is Thibault (he did not want to share his surname), and he used to be an optician. Now 30 years old, Thibault fell around 50 feet at a night club four years ago, which injured his spinal cord and left him paralyzed. He spent two years in the hospital. In 2017, however, he agreed to participate in a joint exoskeleton trial between Clinatec, a biomedical research... Read more...
It already seems like big tech companies can read our minds—it's a bit eerie to see an ad for something that we were thinking about. You can chalk those instances up to a combination of fancy predicative algorithms and coincidence. Nevertheless, Facebook is actually developing a brain-computer interface (BCI) that can actually transcribe your thoughts into written text. Sounds like the stuff of science fiction, right? Not that long ago, it would have been. But it is an actual project at Facebook Reality Labs, and it has been a point of focus since at least 2017. Facebook is also not alone in this kind of research—a start-up called CRTL-labs has been dabbling in BCI technologies for... Read more...