IEEE Spectrum Special Report: Can We Copy the Brain?

May 2017

Can We Copy the Brain?

This special issue of IEEE Spectrum contains infographics, videos, and articles on the brain and AI.

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Researchers Grow Brain Cells on a Chip

by Emily Waltz – May 18, 2017

Researchers Grow Brain Cells on a Chip

Every human thought starts with a signal traveling from one neuron to another in the brain. Yet we know relatively little about how these connections form. In an effort to watch that process unfold, Australian researchers engineered a nanowire scaffold on a semiconductor chip that enables brain cells to grow and form circuits.

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Helping or Hacking? Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together on Brain-Computer Interface Technology

By Eran Klein and Katherine Pratt – June 13, 2017

Helping or Hacking?  Engineers and Ethicists Must Work Together on Brain-Computer Interface Technology

The potential ability to determine individuals’ preferences and personal information using their own brain signals has spawned a number of difficult but pressing questions: Should we be able to keep our neural signals private? That is, should neural security be a human right? How do we adequately protect and store all the neural data being recorded for research, and soon for leisure? How do consumers know if any protective or anonymization measures are being made with their neural data?

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