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The prospect of directly using our brains to move devices outside of our bodies is riveting, but this ability has been historically reserved for mythological epics. Yet as recent trends have repeatedly proven, most impossible traits of the past have become everyday products of the present. Of course, the product, in this case, would be Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs).


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Photo courtesy of Oscar Ivan Esquivel Arteaga on Unsplash

Humankind exists in an era of information, and our first step into this era was the invention of the computer. Although seemingly complicated and inefficient upon its first generation, the computer has evolved from a bulky and inconvenient machine to an essential and accessible device found in almost every office, every home, and every pocket of the modern world. And with the integration of computers into the common household, interfaces were developed to guide the average person into being able to join the new era as a member of the digital world. The QWERTY keyboard, the computer mouse, and the touchscreen were all invented to allow people to transfer the movement of their hands into executable commands that control, manage, and operate the computer. …


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A model of a brain is placed on a table. It is almost amusing how the brain, as advanced as it is, still has not figured out itself.

Every action and accomplishment done by humans has been thanks to the advanced system of neurons we know as the brain. Every milestone we owe to the brain; from taking our first steps to complex rationality. Even the most sophisticated AI are still yet to match the brain’s ability to give cognition, preferences and advanced emotion. Yet this system that has been humanities’ power throughout the centuries still remains an unknown and baffling phenomenon: most notably, the signals given out of the brain that drives everything. …

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