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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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Mind over Matter: Brain-Machine Interfaces

Mind over Matter: Brain-Machine Interfaces

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Is the Universe a Hologram?

Jose M. Carmena

Adolfo Plasencia

The MIT Press

The neuroscientist and engineer, Jose M. Carmona begins this dialogue describing research in the field of brain-machine interface (BMI) and neurotechnology led by his own laboratory in UC Berkley. He outlines how his neural engineering research group works, defining it as a fusion of neuroscience with the main engineering disciplines, and how disciplines are balanced in your laboratory. He moves on to discuss the “hard problems” in AI (Artificial intelligence), which is one of the fields that drew him toward his current scientific activity. Later, he talks about how two-way interaction in the brain-machine interface works and how, through mathematical algorithms, the movement intentions are “decoded”, and the motor intentions are “translated” in an attempt to get the mind to control and feel ‘the machine’, or the prosthesis, in order to provide paraplegic people with mobility based on the huge plasticity of the brain. Next, he discusses the revolutionary ultrasonic technology—“Neural dust”—which he is developing with colleagues at Berkley. Finally, he explains his vision of "artificial consciousness”, and why the Brain-machine interface will play an important role in the search to understand how the brain creates the mind.

Keywords:   Brain-machine interfaces, Neurotechnology, AI hard problems, Neural interface, Transforming thought into action, Neuro-prosthesis, Neuroprosthetic skills, Neuronal plasticity, Neural dust, Artificial consciousness

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