brain-computer interface

The next generation of brain implants could be tiny metal coils. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have developed a significant improvement in the technology behind brain implants used to activate neural circuits responsible for vision, hearing or movement. Lead author Seung Woo Lee, PhD, of the MGH Department of Neurosurgery, explains: “Neural stimulation systems based… Read more

A reorganisation of the wiring of the brain is the underlying cause of phantom limb pain, researchers have discovered. A potential method of treating the phenomenon, which occurs in the vast majority of individuals who have had limbs amputated, has also been identified, using artificial intelligence techniques. The researchers, led by a group from Osaka… Read more

Scientists have, for the first time, help restore the sense of touch to a paralyzed man. A decade ago, 28-year-old Nathan Copeland was involved in an automobile accident that left him unable to feel any sensation in his arms and fingers. Now, through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to his brain, has… Read more

Scientific discoveries that involve humans interfacing with machines can evoke reactions of fear and wonder. Quite often, these feelings are epitomized through works of science fiction. Think Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein,” for starters; or its modern day equivalent, one of many films playing on our mixed feelings toward AI, “Ex Machina.” One British sci-fi TV series… Read more

Physicians and biomedical engineers from Johns Hopkins report what they believe is the first successful effort to wiggle fingers individually and independently of each other using a mind-controlled artificial arm to control the movement. The proof-of-concept feat represents a potential advance in technologies to restore refined hand function to those who have lost arms to… Read more