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.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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.