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The Future of National Defense

Iron Man. The Terminator. Avatar. These are all movies that offer glimpses into sci-fi imaginations of the collision between technology and military combat. But is it really science fiction? The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched several multi-million dollar, government-funded projects involving brain-computer interface (BCI) for years now, specifically since the early 1970’s. They also heavily fund cognitive neuroscience research studies. Why? Because BCI has wide-reaching applications within the military. Some of these applications could be very beneficial and prompt little concern, but there are some applications that raise some serious red flags concerning

A New Age in Gaming

You sit down, turn on the game console, pick up a wireless controller, and wait for the system to warm up. You’re ready to game. Well, maybe that’s how it will be for now, but in the near future gaming could potentially be vastly different. You will sit down, put on your headset, and instantaneously use your thoughts to control the game. Brain computer-interface (BCI) has many medical applications, but what about its application in the entertainment industry, specifically in gaming? Last year, Neurable, a startup launched by CEO Ramses Alcaide, came out with the game Awakening, which was premiered as a demo at the Siggraph conference, a tech conference on interactive technology and computer

Brain Waves: What are we looking for exactly?

Did you know the neurons in your brain generate roughly 25 Watts of electricity, which is enough to power a light bulb? The brain is not only a fascinating physiological phenomena, but it can also be thought of as an amazing piece of electrical machinery. Although individual neurons only generate limited amounts of electricity, altogether your brain’s neurons have amazing electrical capabilities and can produce some fascinating brain waves. While we have been talking about electroencephalography (EEG) and other neuroimaging techniques at meetings, what types of brain waves might we measure for in an EEG? What is the difference between these brain waves, and when are they generated? How does

Neuroethics: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Black Mirror: a hit show that analyzes the not too distant future in which neurotechnology has large power, with equally large ethical implications. For example, one episode, “The Entire History of You,” shows the dangers of a hypothetical technology that would allow you to rewind and rewatch everything you see and experience. While some episodes of Black Mirror may seem futuristic, is it really all science fiction? Are we reaching an age where people are becoming more like cyborgs than actual humans? With the many advancements happening today, it is worth analyzing some of the areas of ethical concern that are associated with neurotechnology. Neuromarketing: Neuromarketing began in 2002 whe

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