Will brain-computer interfaces transform human lives? | Inside Story

Imagine being able to control your smartphone with your mind…or type using thought instead of fingers.

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk says that could soon become a reality particularly for people with paralysis.

His brain-chip startup Neuralink has just enabled a monkey to play a videogame by thinking.

They did it by embedding two chips on each side of the animal’s brain to record his mind activity.

As part of the experiment the macaque was trained to move a joystick.

Data sent to the computer was then used to allow the monkey to control the stick just by thinking about moving its hand up or down.

So, what could be the downsides?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida

Guests:

Nick Ramsey is Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Utrecht

Ruta Liepiņa, Assistant Professor in Digital Legal Studies at Maastricht University

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