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Brain-Computer Interfacing

Application of new technologies that directly affect thought functions are currently limited to devices that enhance or assist sensory perception (as with Cochlear implants, visual cortex aids, prosthetic limbs).  However, research ambitions in neuroscience and bio and/or nano technology will soon lead to more sophisticated means of computer-assisted cognition. As brain-to-computer interfaces move beyond initial “thought” experiments (moving a digital cursor via electrical brain impulse) to more expansive applications of interactive implants, or nanotech, that have the potential to augment, or influence thought, the question of how these brain technologies relate to cognitive liberty will be of utmost importance.  Will such devices be available to individuals interested in alternative, enhanced cognition? Will they be regulated or controlled by corporations and governments? Now is the time to think about protecting the right to access technologies of the mind, as well as the right to avoid their compelled use. 


Brain implants 'read' monkey minds
July 8, 2004, news service
"Brain implants have been used to "read the minds" of monkeys to predict what they are about to do and even how enthusiastic they are about doing it. It is the first time such high level cognitive brain signals have been decoded and could ultimately lead to more natural thought-activated prosthetic devices for people with paralysis...."

A Chip That Mimics Neurons, Firing Up the Memory
New York Times June 20, 2002

Brain Probes Give Rats Their Marching Orders
Implants can direct behavior. "Implications are scary," an expert says
Transmitting wireless signals directly into the brain, a group of scientists has produced the ultimate lab rat--an animal that can be guided by remote control over fences, up trees, through pipes and across rubble at distances up to a third of a mile.

Moving Thoughts: Scientists Study Brain Implants to Control PCs, Artificial Limbs
ABC News

Brain-machine interface: Instant neural control of a movement signal
Nature Magazine

Implant Enables Thought to Control Computer Cursor
Scientific American

Electronic Mind Over Gray Matter 
Wired Magazine

Machine that reads minds gives disabled hope
Sunday Times, April 29 2001

Adaptive Brain Interface Technology Turns Thoughts Into Actions on Screen
The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2001

Open Directory on Cognitive Science
Cognitive science topics which may span one or more specific sciences including psychology and medicine. Sites, works and indices that assume a scientific model in their processes, references or information gathering and summary.

Human-Computer Interaction Resources on the Net

MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Sciences

Ray Kurzweil’s future visions

Big Brother wants to Implant You

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