By Patrick Caughill, August 10, 2017
IN BRIEF: Researchers from the Salk Institute and the University of California San Diego have discovered a way to categorize neurons down to the molecular level. This will help scientists to compose a “parts list” of the brain and, perhaps, create interfaces that improve its functionality.
Mapping exactly how the human brain functions is, perhaps, the most promising step when it comes to transforming how humans operate on a fundamental level. Mapping how the brain works down to the molecular level could help us find new ways to combat neurological and even allow us to enhance human intelligence. Already, a host of innovators are working to develop technology that intertwines with the brain to enhance its functionality; however, before we can deploy such technologies, we need to fully understand how the brain works.
THE EVOLUTION OF BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACES
DARPA, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, awarded contracts to six teams working on developing better brain-computer interface technology. The goal, according to DARPA, is to repair and enhance the senses of those with disabilities……..
DARPATV — Dr. Phillip Alvelda: The Future of Neural Interface, DARPA BiT …. Dr. Phillip Alvelda: The Future of Neural Interface, Published on Jul 9, 2015 (19:25 video)
Dr. Phillip Alvelda, Program Manager in DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO), discusses the potential of next-generation neural interfaces to improve quality of life for people and revolutionize how we engage with machines. The talk was part of a two-day event held by BTO to bring together leading-edge technologists, start-ups, industry, and academic researchers to look at how advances in engineering and information sciences can be used to drive biology for technological advantage.
DIGITAL SIGNALS IN THE BRAIN
Back in 2016, DARPA announced that NESD will develop neural interface systems that will improve communication between the brain and the digital world. The idea is to convert electrochemical signals in the brain into the binary bits of zeros and ones used in computers. Braintree founder Bryan Johnson even thinks it’s possible to make our neural code programmable through such systems.
Bridging the Bio-Electronic Divide: How We’re Translating Brain Activity Into Binary
By Joi Matthew, January 21, 2016
IN BRIEF — In the future, can humans control computer-operated machines by simply “thinking”?
DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) announced last Tuesday that it plans to build a chip that would allow the human brain to communicate directly with computers. Our minds would essentially be speaking in binary. At least, that’s the ultimate goal.
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