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Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces


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A brain-computer interface device connecting to a subject's brain.

The most promising method to achieve real-world brain-computer interface applications is through electroencephalography, a method of monitoring the brain noninvasively through its electrical activity.

Credit: Portillo-Lara et al.

Surpassing the biological limitations of the brain and using one's mind to interact with and control external electronic devices may sound like the distant cyborg future, but it could come sooner than we think.

Researchers from Imperial College London conducted a review of modern commercial brain-computer interface (BCI) devices, and they discuss the primary technological limitations and humanitarian concerns of these devices in APL Bioengineering, from AIP Publishing.

The most promising method to achieve real-world BCI applications is through electroencephalography (EEG), a method of monitoring the brain noninvasively through its electrical activity. EEG-based BCIs, or eBCIs, will require a number of technological advances prior to widespread use, but more importantly, they will raise a variety of social, ethical, and legal concerns.

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