The Complete Guide to Brain-Computer Interfaces

Svilen
Svilen
May 5, 2017 · 11 min read
Facebook’s F8 BCI announcement (source: the verge)

What is a BCI?

Meet Steven Hawking

The Biological Bottleneck

So Where Are We Today?

Restoring paralysis using BCI’s (2004)
Quadriplegic woman controlling robot arm with her mind (2014)
Paraplegic in exoskeleton suit making the opening kick in the World Cup (2014)
First Human-to-Human BCI: researcher send brain signal over the Internet to control his colleague’s arm (2013)
Paralyzed woman able to type 8 words per minute just using her mind (2017)

Consumer BCIs

NeuroSky MindWave -$99
MindFlex Game-$99
MindFlex Duel — $189

Brain to Computer

Brain to Brain

It’s All in Your Head

“If the human brain was so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t”

The Three Brains

The Reptilian Brain

The Mammalian Brain

The Neocortex

The Brain’s Building Blocks

How neurons “talk” to each other

Action Potential diagram

BCI Challenges

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Quantifying Thoughts

Comparing BCI Capturing Approaches

fMRI

EEC

ECoG

LFP

Single-Unit Recording

Patch Clamps

Sharp Electrode Recording

Stevenson’s Law

State of the Art Instruments

Neural Silk

Silicon Mesh

Neural Mesh

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Neural Dust

Optogenetics


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I invent, design and craft experiences and solutions ranging from reimagining the mundane to protecting fundamental human rights. I share my visions with the world through the language of design, film, and writing.