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The Brain Electric ➹ [Reading] ➻ The Brain Electric By Malcolm Gay ➮ – The gripping and revelatory story of the dramatic race to merge the human brain with machinesLeading neuroscience researchers are racing to unlock the secrets of the mind On the cusp of decoding brain The gripping and revelatory story of the dramatic race to merge the human brain with machinesLeading neuroscience researchers are racing to unlock the secrets of the mind On the cusp of decoding brain signals The Brain MOBI :Ú that govern motor skills they are developing miraculous technologies to enable paraplegics and wounded soldiers to move prosthetic limbs and the rest of us to manipulate computers and other objects through thought alone These fiercely competitive scientists are vying for Defense Department and venture capital funding prestige and great wealth Part life altering cure part science fiction part military dream these cutting edge brain computer interfaces promise to improve lives—but also hold the potential to augment soldiers' combat capabilities In The Brain Electric Malcolm Gay follows the dramatic emergence of these technologies taking us behind the scenes into the operating rooms start ups and research labs where the future is unfolding With access to many of the field's top scientists Gay illuminates this extraordinary race—where science medicine profit and war converge—for the first time But this isn't just a story about technology At the heart of this research is a group of brave vulnerable patient volunteers whose lives are given new meaning through participating in these experiments The Brain Electric asks us to rethink our relationship to technology our bodies even consciousness itself—challenging our assumptions about what it means to be human.

10 thoughts on “The Brain Electric

  1. Marianne Marianne says:

    “We understand very little of the brain’s most basic functioning and its three pounds of neural tissue do not readily yield their secrets to the system of 1s and 0s Leuthardt and his cohorts would use to reveal its mysteries And that’s to say nothing of the basic biological problem researchers encounter when they try to join the hard stuff of electrodes to the suishy tissue of the brain”The Brain Electric The Dramatic High Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines is the first book by American journalist and author Malcolm Gay In this book he describes recent advances in neuroscience and the race to produce a marketable interface between brain and prosthetic limbs Gay explores the myriad of technologies that need to be brought together and the teams of researchers working on different aspects of the problem He delves into the history of prosthetic limbs and of brain research describing the pioneers and the current big names in the field Although he makes every effort to describe the complex technology in layman’s terms it is inevitable that some of the technical aspects will have readers’ eyes glazing over but the sections that deal with experiments involving animals and human volunteers are uite engrossing Especially interesting is the Jennifer Aniston neuron but to find out just what that is no don’t be unkind of course she has than one you will have to read the book Gay’s commentary on the politics of research that various teams were “involved in highly competitive and sometimes vituperative competition to move this technology forward” adds a bit of spice The advances already made and the potential possibilities seem at the same time miraculous and frightening He includes twelve pages of notes on his text and a comprehensive indexHe tells us “The average human brain teems with some 100 billion neurons that collectively shimmer with electrochemical consciousness No one knows how these three pounds of tissue and electricity awash in a chemical bath of neurotransmitters result in consciousness but we do know that delicate yet routine tasks like pinching a few strands of saffron are in fact the collaborative result of thousands of individual neurons that speak to one another Information moves like sheet lightning across the brain forming transient patterns of activity that expand and recede as specific clusters of neurons spark other clusters into action” A fascinating read

  2. Mercer Smith Mercer Smith says:

    Super interesting information presented terribly blandly

  3. Kristin Lieber Kristin Lieber says:

    Real life science fiction the story of the search to develop a brain computer interface that will let us control things with our minds The research is still in a very very early stage Largely funded by DARPA researchers in the field have had some success There is clearly a lot of opportunity Who knows what the next 100 years will bring Given the flexibility of the brain I see the technology changing the way we are wired to think Exciting new science telepathy mindmelds

  4. Todd Martin Todd Martin says:

    Have you ever wished you could control things with your mind It might be handy to change the tv channel or surf the web without lifting a finger but not exactly ‘life altering’ That would not be the case with those who are paralyzed For them the ability to interact with the world could markedly improve their uality of life The Brain Electric by Malcolm Gay a reporter for the Boston Globe is about the current state of technology of braincomputer interfaces or BCIs So if you want to control stuff with your mind you have to extract a signal from inside your skull There are two primary ways to do this1 You could wear a cap with electrodes in an attempt to detect brain activity2 You could implant electrodes directly into the brainThe problem with #1 is that the skull attenuates any brain signal making fine multi dimensional control impossible The problem with #2 is that the brain doesn’t like foreign objects embedded in it and electrodes become encapsulated over the course of about a year rendering them useless The book focuses on #2 but after millions of dollars spent on research and the abuse of thousands of lab animals the technology is a failure It’s not in wide use and no commercial products have been developed The Brain Electric is a book about a technology that once seemed promising but that has failed to deliver in any significant way That’s really all there is to say about it but Gay drags out the topic for hundreds of pages Much like BCI technology has proven to be the book is largely a waste of time

  5. James Mason James Mason says:

    Pretty interesting read and a very interesting topic I appreciated learning some of the history of brain computer interfaces though I wish there had been a bit on plans for the future I also found the layout of the book a little confusing it jumped around in time a lot and I would've found it easier to follow if it was just chronological although in that case I'd probably complain that it was kinda boring Dunno The writing style was pretty good easily flowing between big picture and describing specific moments in the lab all while interjecting uotes throughout I could've done with humor but what was in there was nice The narrator of the audiobook did not appeal to me and that may have biased my opinion of the book as a whole I did learn some stuff mainly history of robotic arms and brain control through computers but doubt I will retain much of it long term What did strike me as particularly clever though was researchers taking advantage of surgically installed neural implants for recording brain activity after the first surgery in a series of two to cure seizure patients The teams need to do this anyway to localize the seizure inducing part of the brain so they just allow other researchers to take advantage of the situation to run additional tests and measure responses in live humans The second surgery removes the implants and the problem part of the brain

  6. Matt Matt says:

    A great review of the history and current state of brain computer interfacing particularly focusing on ECoG based methods All of the important researchers are here though the book was published before recent competitors like Neuralink entered the field This book is a good overview for anybody interested in the field

  7. Mickey Dang Mickey Dang says:

    As someone who knew nothing about the field of brain computer interfaces I thought it was very interesting topical reading to understand the cutting edge stuff going on People with familiarity may find it superficial and lacking in specifics or details though

  8. Will Will says:

    A solid but slow and somewhat plodding overview of recent developments in brain computer interfaces

  9. Apoorv Mathur Apoorv Mathur says:

    Informational about the history and developments and personalities in Neuroscience Schwartz Donoghue Nicolelis

  10. C C says:

    Starts slow but gets better in the end

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