Tagged With neuroprosthetics

Rapid developments in brain-machine interfacing and neuroprosthetics are revolutionising the way we treat paralysed people, but the same technologies could eventually be put to more generalised use -- a development that will turn many of us into veritable cyborgs. Before we get to that point, however, we'll need to make sure these neural devices are safe, secure, and as hacker-proof as possible.

When I asked Johnny Matheny if I could shake his hand, I was admittedly a little nervous. The soft-spoken Floridian lost his lower left arm to cancer eight years back. His new arm -- an advanced, mind-controlled prosthetic developed by DARPA -- can crush a human human skull like a child squeezing a mandarin.