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On the Road to the Brainships: A Look at the Current Science of Interfacing the Brain

By Roberts, Tedd

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Title: On the Road to the Brainships: A Look at the Current Science of Interfacing the Brain  
Author: Roberts, Tedd
Language: English
Subject: Nonfiction, Essay, Health
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: Baen Books asked Tedd Robers to reflect on brain and machine connections in science fiction compared to the present-day neuroscience of brain interfaces.

Summary: Tedd Roberts breaks down the different types of brain interfaces into three types of interfaces: Input, Output and Internal. He goes to explain the direct impact of all three interfaces and how it applies to our current technology used today and how it also directly impacts civilization.

Excerpt: From the start, it is very important to understand that most neuron (i.e. brain cell) activity is electrical. There is some chemical activity in there, too, but what we can most easily work with in terms of brain interfaces is the electrical activity. Since electrical technology is well within our current technological capabilities, we can assume the ability to both read and write neuron signals with the BCIs we'll discuss here (and get back to a discussion of the mechanism later). We'll first discuss types and examples of BCIs, then the current state-of-the-art in brain interfaces before moving on to use of these concepts in SF, and the future of both science and science fiction.

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