Record Broken: Decoding Words From Brain Signals

Two new brain-computer interfaces (BCI)—electronic bridges between mind and machine—decode words from people’s unspoken but intended speech. The two systems, presented in papers published this week in the journal Nature, demonstrate performance breakthroughs for speech-decoding BCI developed by scientists at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco.Both papers…
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DIY Neurotech: Making BCI Accessible

Brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs, are having a bit of a moment: Big tech companies have invested in the development of these neurotechnologies—designed to connect brains to digital machinery—specifically making substantive acquisitions of EEG-based neurotechnology startups in recent years. Even companies like BlackRock Neurotech, Neuralink, and Synchron, which are developing surgically…
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Neuralink’s FDA Troubles Are Just the Beginning

Neuralink, the neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk, is at best having a rough initial go-round with the Food and Drug Administration’s human-trials application process. The company also faces additional investigations by two other U.S. government agencies. These setbacks and the broad, cure-all expectations that its founder has placed on…
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Neurotech’s Battles Impact Our Brains’ Future

Neurotechnologies today—devices that can measure and influence our brains and nervous systems—are growing in power and popularity. The neurotech marketplace, according to Precedence Research, is worth US $14.3 billion this year and will exceed $20 billion within four years. Noninvasive brain-computer interfaces, brain-stimulation devices, and brain-monitoring hardware (measuring alertness and…
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