Superhuman: Meet The World’s First BCI Pioneers

Mar 12, 2023

10:00am – 11:00am CT

Recording: Superhuman: Meet The World’s First BCI Pioneers, Mar 12, 2023

Imagine typing, creating art, and operating a robotic arm – with just your thoughts. Long considered the stuff of science fiction, “telekinesis” is now real thanks to implantable brain computer interfaces (BCIs). Since 2004, only a few dozen people globally have been implanted with one – and on this panel, you will meet three of them. Hear their personal experiences undergoing invasive surgery and participating in mind-bending research. How does it feel to use a BCI? What are the possibilities for enabling new forms of communication, embodiment, and creativity? What has been the impact on their lives and loved ones — and should this technology be available to everyone?

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Ian Burkhart

BCI Pioneers Coalition

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Taryn Southern

Blackrock Neurotech

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