Beyond Boundaries

Beyond Boundaries

The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains With Machines--and How It Will Change Our Lives

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Baker & Taylor
Draws on ground-breaking brain research to assess the potential of thought-controlled machines, which may enable significant technological advances in areas ranging from health care and manufacturing to global communication and space exploration.

McMillan Palgrave

A pioneering neuroscientist shows how the long-sought merger of brains with machines is about to become a paradigm-shifting reality

Imagine living in a world where people use their computers, drive their cars, and communicate with one another simply by thinking. In this stunning and inspiring work, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis shares his revolutionary insights into how the brain creates thought and the human sense of self—and how this might be augmented by machines, so that the entire universe will be within our reach.

Beyond Boundaries draws on Nicolelis's ground-breaking research with monkeys that he taught to control the movements of a robot located halfway around the globe by using brain signals alone. Nicolelis's work with primates has uncovered a new method for capturing brain function—by recording rich neuronal symphonies rather than the activity of single neurons. His lab is now paving the way for a new treatment for Parkinson's, silk-thin exoskeletons to grant mobility to the paralyzed, and breathtaking leaps in space exploration, global communication, manufacturing, and more.

Beyond Boundaries promises to reshape our concept of the technological future, to a world filled with promise and hope.



Blackwell Publishing
Imagine living in a world where people use their computers, drive their cars, and communicate with one another simply by thinking. In this stunning and inspiring work, the award-winning neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis shares his revolutionary insights into how the brain creates thought and the human sense of selfùand how this might be augmented by machines. It sounds like something out of science fiction but it is real. It is the next frontier in understanding the power of the brain.

Beyond Boundaries is the first book to chronicle the science behind the creation of these brain-machine interfaces, a revolutionary technology that has the capacity to transform human society and shape a new "industry of the brain," a potential trillion-dollar global enterprise. This is one of the great adventures of contemporary science, and Nicolelis offers a unique front-row seat.

As we observe Nicolelis in his lab, he describes with cinematic precision his experiments training rats to sense the world magnetically, rather than with their whiskers and sensory organs, and his work successfully teaching monkeys to use their brains alone to control the movements of a robotic arm thousands of miles away.

Such brain-machine interfaces, or BMIs, may one day restore mobility to severely paralyzed patientsùthrough the use of membrane-like "exoskeletons" that patients will wear like suitsùand they offer a path to a cure for neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease. There are also fascinating implications for deep-sea and deep-space exploration, emergency response, and long-distance communication.

Beyond Boundaries promises to reshape our concept of the technological future to a world filled with promise and hope.

Baker
& Taylor

A pioneering neuroscientist draws on ground-breaking brain research to assess the potential of thought-controlled machines, which may enable significant technological advances in areas ranging from health care and manufacturing to global communication and space exploration. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Times Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805090529
Characteristics: 353 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 25 cm

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Jan 14, 2016

In short, the author's expertise is to connect one's brain to machine though computer. For instance, connect one's brain to a computer that control a machine limb. Many examples are discussed in this book. But, they are research; i.e., not yet in the market. The author was talking what may happen in the future. If you are interested in this particular topic, this book is a good read.

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