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The Future of Brain-Machine Interfaces


Justin Sanchez
Director, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA

Session Description: Connecting computers with the human brain has become a buzzworthy topic, but you may not realize just how far existing technologies have already taken us toward that goal. New types of neural interface technology currently in development, including light-based communication with the brain, stand to vastly improve the scale and precision with which machines and neurons interact. What might become possible with this new communication channel to the mind? How do we maximize its value while minimizing risk?

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