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Technology Is Completely Upending the Traditional Idea of the Self

Technology Is Completely Upending the Traditional Idea of the Self | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

A qualitative change in our information environment that is every bit as seismic as the meteor that marked the end of the dinosaurs. Deity-scale information capability. Complexity driving cognition to ever more competent techno-human networks. Perceptual, conscious, and subconscious processing increasingly outsourced to technology systems. Fragmentation of self across avatars in various increasingly engaging virtual realities. But any such list is misleadingly simplistic. The technological evolution impacting the self is not simply a case of interesting but isolated case studies but, rather, represents profound and accelerating evolution across the entire technological frontier. And the conscious self is where these must be integrated, or at least collated.

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A Cybernetic Implant That Repairs Brain Damage

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There may be an answer for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries. It's a device called a brain-machine-brain interface — and it has the potential to revolutionize the way brain damage is treated in humans.

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Theodore Berger: Neuroengineering - The Future is Now

Dr. Theodore Berger's research is currently focused primarily on the hippocampus, a neural system essential for learning and memory functions.

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Hydrogel implants could be a fiber optic network for your body

Hydrogel implants could be a fiber optic network for your body | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The biggest problem with wetware is the “ware” part. Enormous metal implants like those seen in The Matrix or Elysium look cool and all, but any real-world interface of metal and flesh is precarious; surface implants are often rejected by the body, leading to infection and even death. Technology has gotten smaller, more efficient, and able to better communicate wirelessly, but for all the nifty implants we can build, actually implanting them has proven difficult, and controlling them even more so. Now, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital claim that a special hydrogel could change all that.

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Deep Brain Stimulation's Dramatic Effect On Parkinson's Patient Demonstrated

Deep Brain Stimulation's Dramatic Effect On Parkinson's Patient Demonstrated | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Parkinson's disease sufferer Andrew Johnson underwent Deep Brain Stimulation surgery last year with dramatic results. In a recent video Johnson shared on his blog he revealed what happens when the system is shut off. The difference is dramatic.

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Electroceuticals: swapping drugs for devices

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Bioelectronics is the field of developing medicines that use electrical impulses to modulate the body's neural circuits as an alternative to drug-based interventions. How far away are we from having these very targeted "electroceuticals"?

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Ajan Reginald's curator insight, May 29, 2013 5:12 AM

fascinating approach goes beyond pain relief

luiy's curator insight, May 29, 2013 7:24 AM

Twenty years ago, neurosurgeon and researcher Kevin Tracey was studying whether an experimental molecule called CNI-1493 could limit damage to the brain after a stroke. His team was injecting the molecule into the brains of rats during a stroke to see how successfully it prevented swelling -- an immune system response -- of the brain.

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A device that controls your mind with pleasurable stimulation

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What if you could control somebody's desires using a wireless device? It's not a Larry Niven novel — it's today's science. Researchers used a remote controller to stimulate neurons in mice that release the reward chemical dopamine. As a result, they changed the behavior of the mice, from a distance, in the absence of any tangible reward.

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How Neuroscience Will Fight Five Age-Old Afflictions

How Neuroscience Will Fight Five Age-Old Afflictions | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Rewiring the brain to battle seizures, blindness, and more

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Martha Jane Montgomery's curator insight, February 23, 2013 3:52 PM

Read this interesting Article to learn how Medical Technology Advancement can rewire the brain to help Dementia, Drug Abuse and much more!!

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Stimulating the Brain with Microscopic Magnets

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Imagine if your biggest health problem could be solved with the flip of a switch. Deep-brain stimulation (DBS) offers such a dramatic recovery for a range of neurological illnesses, including Parkinson's disease,epilepsy and major depression. Yet the metal electrodes implanted in the brain are too bulky to tap into intricate neural circuitry with precision and corrode in contact with tissue, so their performance degrades over time. Now neurophysiologists have developed a method of DBS that avoids these problems by using microscopic magnets to stimulate neurons.

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Brainwave training boosts network for cognitive control and affects mind-wandering

Brainwave training boosts network for cognitive control and affects mind-wandering | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

A breakthrough study conducted in Canada has found that training of the well-known brainwave in humans, the alpha rhythm, enhances a brain network responsible for cognitive-control. The training technique, termed neurofeedback, is being considered as a promising new method for restoring brain function in mental disorders.

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Scientists improve human self-control through electrical brain stimulation

Scientists improve human self-control through electrical brain stimulation | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Neuroscientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the University of California, San Diego, have successfully demonstrated a technique to enhance a form of self-control through a novel form of brain stimulation.

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DARPA Wants to Fix Broken Brains, Restore Lost Memories

DARPA Wants to Fix Broken Brains, Restore Lost Memories | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

At the Society for Neuroscience meeting earlier this month in San Diego, California, Science sat down with Geoffrey Ling, deputy director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to discuss the agency’s plans for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a neuroscience research effort put forth by President Barack Obama earlier this year. So far, DARPA has released two calls for grant applications, with at least one more likely: The first, calledSUBNETS (Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies), asks researchers to develop novel, wireless devices, such as deep brain stimulators, that can cure neurological disorders such as posttraumatic stress (PTS), major depression, and chronic pain. The second,RAM (Restoring Active Memory), calls for a separate wireless device that repairs brain damage and restores memory loss.

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Tuning the Brain

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Deep-brain stimulation is allowing neurosurgeons to adjust the neural activity in specific brain regions to treat thousands of patients with myriad neurological disorders.

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:34 PM

Now, if we can make deep-brain stimulation a physically non-invasive procedure... 

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Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era

Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The psychiatric drug age may have reached its peak. Although mind-altering medications are being prescribed in record numbers, signs of a radically new approach to understanding and treating mental illness are emerging from the deep waters of neuroscience. No longer focused on developing pills, a huge research effort is now devoted to altering the function of specific neural circuits by physical intervention in the brain.


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Joe Stafura's curator insight, September 23, 2013 10:30 AM

The pharma business is just one of the many areas where the new understanding of the brain changes the options; education, economics and policy development and business management are all areas that will be disrupted over the next decade. The greatest inertia to overcome is the desire of many to cling to superstitious or profitable scams that are attractive but ineffective except in the creation of profits.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:16 AM

This is either exceedingly good news or extremely dangerous...

William baldwin's curator insight, January 4, 11:31 PM

Change the way we lead people through Brain Science

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The electrified brain: the power and promise of neural implants

The electrified brain: the power and promise of neural implants | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

100,000 people are living with brain stimulation implants. But can the devices do more than cure the sick?

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Neural codes for memory implants

Neural codes for memory implants | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The ability to short-circuit debilitating tremors in disease states with implantable stimulators is nothing short of remarkable. The same can be said for cochlear prosthetics which restore hearing, and more recently, retinal implants which give some rudimentary light-sensing capability to the blind. The logical extension of these sensorimotor restorative devices converges upon something a bit more extravagant—a purely cognitive implant—namely, the memory prosthetic. At the present time, there is only one researcher that has consistently demonstrated command of the technologies which would make such a device possible. Ted Berger, and his group from the University of Southern California, have recently extended their initial efforts to develop hippocampal memory devices in mice, to create full frontal cortex implants for primates. Berger published the initial results of these studies last September, in the Journal of Neural Engineering. This June, he will be a featured speaker at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress in New York, which will spot several visionaries in neuroscience and AI. Before he runs away with the show, it important to take a closer look at the exact methods he is using, and also the assumptions about possible neural codes upon which they are built.

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A light switch for neurons - Ed Boyden

Ed Boyden shows how, by inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells, he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants. With this unprecedented level of control, he's managed to cure mice of analogs of PTSD and certain forms of blindness. On the horizon: neural prosthetics. Session host Juan Enriquez leads a brief post-talk Q&A.

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Adjusting Dials on Circuits in the Human Brain: Andres Lozano at TEDxCaltech

Andres Lozano, M.D., Ph.D., is professor and chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and holds both the R.R. Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience. He is best known for his work in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). His team has mapped out cortical and subcortical structures in the human brain and has pioneered applications of DBS for various disorders including Parkinson's disease, depression, dystonia, anorexia, Huntington's and Alzheimer's disease.

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A Carbon-Fiber Electrode for a Better Connection to the Brain

A Carbon-Fiber Electrode for a Better Connection to the Brain | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Connecting a human brain to a computer is as much a materials science problem as a biology one. What kind of interface is delicate enough not to damage nerve tissue, but resilient enough to last decades?

Researchers have come up with what they call a “stealthy neural interface” made from a single carbon fiber and coated with chemicals to make it resistant to proteins in the brain.

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Rise of Neurostimulation, an Industry Predicted to be Worth $6.9 Billion by 2018

Rise of Neurostimulation, an Industry Predicted to be Worth $6.9 Billion by 2018 | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Neurostimulation, the practice of stimulating nerves with a small electric current, is not a word most people outside of academia would recognize. According to a new report however, this may be set to change by the end of the decade. By 2018 the industry is predicted to be worth about 6.9 billion US$ (4.27 billion GBP).

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