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Brain-Computer Interfaces

Brain-computer interfaces are devices that allow people to control machines with their thoughts. This technology has been the stuff of science fiction and even children’s games for years. 

On the more advanced level, brain-computer technology remains highly experimental but has vast possibilities. First to mind (no pun intended), would be to aid those with paralysis in creating electrical impulses that would let them regain control of their limbs. Second, the military would like to see its service members operating drones or missiles hands-free on the battlefield.  

There are also concerns raised when a direct connection is made between a machine and the brain. For example, such a connection could give users an unfair advantage, enhancing their physical or cognitive abilities. It also means hackers could steal data related to the user’s brain signals.  

With this article, we explore several opportunities and issues that are related to brain-computer interfaces.  

Why Do Brain-Computer Interfaces Matter?

Brain-computer interfaces allow their users to control machines with their thoughts. Such interfaces can aid people with disabilities, and they can enhance the interactions we have with computers. The current iterations of brain-computer interfaces are primarily experimental, but commercial applications are just beginning to appear. Questions about ethics, security, and equity remain to be addressed.

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