August 3, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. John Rogers at the University of Illinois has created a stretchy patch of artificial skin which can monitor heart rate and UV exposure. This development represents an advancement in the medical trend of “wearables,” that is, health devices which one can wear.
August 1, 2015. Read article in BBC News. Galvani Bioelectronics is currently developing a new treatment for a range of diseases that entails controlling the volume of neural signals using implanted electrodes. According to Verily Chief Technology Officer Brian Otis, “Bioelectronic medicine is a new area of therapeutic exploration, and we know that success will […]
August 7, 2015. Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers at the University of Washington have created simulations of what blind people actually see when their retinas are electrically stimulated by bionic implants. See also: images and videos published in Fellows of the Royal Society.
April 19, 2016. Read article in MIT Technology Review. Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the DEKA arm is radically transforming the nature of upper body prostheses. Its sophisticated electrical and battery systems enable wearers to perform such delicate tasks as picking up a grape and tie shoelaces, while also providing sufficient […]
June 3, 2016: Read article in Japan Times. In a recent conference, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that “artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant ‘neural laces’ in their brains to keep up…It brings up the question, are we human anymore if we are […]
April 21, 2016: Read article in the Daily Mail. Ray Kurzweil, an author who describes himself as a futurist and works on Google’s machine learning project, predicts that by 2029, humans will be extending their lives considerably or even indefinitely. He also believes the human brain could be enhanced by tiny robotic implants that connect to cloud-based computer networks […]
April 13, 2016: Watch video in MIT Technology Review. Doctors at the University of Ohio Medical Center have created a brain implant and a wearable sleeve which interface with one another and allow a paralyzed patient to move his arm, performing functional tasks such as swiping a credit card and holding a spoon.
On this episode of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future, we explore a world in which humans wear an implantable device which detects lies and alerts the people around you to your lie. In the coming decades, human interactions could become shaped in a large part by technological advancements.
February 5, 2015: Read article in Discovery News. Neuroscientists are pursuing new methods which could allow humans to preserve and then revive their brains long after the body has died. “I am virtually certain that mind uploading is possible,” neuroscientist and Brain Preservation Foundation president Ken Hayworth told Scientific American’s Michael Shermer recently. “We are destined […]
February 9, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers implanted a “stentrode” to record activity in the brains of live sheep without having to cut open their skulls. This technology could one day enable sophisticated brain-machine interface for high-performing prosthetic limbs without invasive surgery to implant electrodes in the brain.