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The IET Pinkerton Lecture 2012

Connecting computers with the human brain

23 November 2012, Bangalore, India

About the lecture


Nowadays, there are a variety of ways in which the human brain can be connected directly with technology and computers. Some of these are for medical purposes whereas others are more for research and look clearly to the future. Some procedures are well tried and tested whereas others are more speculative and, at this time, purely experimental. This presentation is a guide through the methods involved and a look at where they might take us.

In particular, a practical view is taken at how the use of implant and electrode technology can be employed to create biological (human neuron) brains for robots, to enable human enhancement and to diminish the effects of certain neural illnesses. In all cases the end result is to increase the range of abilities of the recipients. There are a number of areas in which such technology has already had a profound effect, a key element being the need for a clear interface linking a biological brain directly with computer technology.

The emphasis is clearly placed on experimental scientific studies that have been and are being undertaken and reported on. The area of focus is notably the need for a biological/technological connection, where a link is made directly with the cerebral cortex and/or nervous system. This lecture will also consider the future in which robots have biological, or part-biological, brains and in which neural implants link the human nervous system bi-directionally with technology and the Internet.


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