The Bionic Brain

We are now in the era of neural decoding and mind control of prosthetic devices. The field of neurobionics has developed with the aim of circumventing, and even repairing, impaired nervous system function. Not only can we now use brain-computer interfaces such as BrainGate2 to bypass spinal cord damage to enable individuals with tetraplegia to move again, but we can use the mind to control prosthetic limb movement in amputees, re-establish visual processing in patients with visual system impairments and even implant artificial memory circuits in patients with brain damage. This lecture will address some of the ludicrously exciting developments in this rapidly-developing area of neurology and engineering.