8 Amazing Mind-Reading Technologies

Bionic prostheses have made enormous strides in recent years — and the concept of a mind-controlled robot limb is now very much a reality. In one example, engineers at Johns Hopkins built a successful prototype of such a robot arm that allows users to wiggle each prosthetic finger independently, using nothing but the power of the mind.

Perhaps even more impressively, earlier this year a team of researchers from Italy, Switzerland, and Germany developed a robot prosthesis which can actually feed sensory information back to a user’s brain — essentially restoring the person’s sense of touch in the process.

“We ‘translate’ information recorded by the artificial sensors in the [prosthesis’] hand into stimuli delivered to the nerves,” Silvestro Micera, a professor of Translational Neuroengineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne School of Engineering, told Digital Trends. “The information is then understood by the brain, which makes the patient feeling pressure at different fingers.”

Read more: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/8-examples-of-amazing-mind-reading-tech/

Artificial Intelligence Microchips Will Turn Humans Into Zombies, Says Prominent Neuroscientist

Human beings will become indistinguishable from robots if they allow microchips to be implanted into their brains. That’s according to a claim by Dr. Mikhail Lebedev, a senior neuroscientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Lebedev told CNET that improvements in brain implant technology could go awry if human beings start acting like machines.

“It is even possible that “humanity” will evolve into a community of zombies,” he said. “Luckily this is not a problem as of yet.”

Brain implants may sound like something straight out of a science fiction movie but it isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. There are companies working on developing a human brain and computer interface that can make it easier for humans to communicate with computers. One of these companies is backed by none other than Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Read more: https://www.inquisitr.com/4685012/artificial-intelligence-microchips-will-turn-humans-into-zombies-says-prominent-neuroscientist/

Ethical questions raised by brain-computer interfaces

A recent article published in BMC Medical Ethics explores the ethical aspects of brain-computer interfaces (BCI): an emerging technology where brain signals are directly translated to outputs with the help of machines. Here, two of the authors of the paper tell us more about the applications of BCI, its portrayal in the media, and some of the key ethical issues it raises.

Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) are devices that measure signals from the brain and translate them into executable output with the help of a machine such as a computer or prosthesis. This technology has varied uses, from assistive devices for disabled individuals to advanced video game control.

Read more: http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcseriesblog/2017/12/18/ethical-questions-raised-by-brain-computer-interfaces/