Intel Is Developing Brain Implants So You Can Channel Surf With Your…

Chipmaker Intel is throwing a ton of cash into developing brain implants to help people send text messages with their minds. They are also predicting these implants will be the main way you turn on the TV in 10 years. » 11/20/09 8:00am 11/20/09 8:00am

Scientists Read Pigeons' Brains For The Secrets Of Their Navigation

According to data recorders strapped to pigeons' heads, pigeon migration may not be too different from human navigation: the birds use landmarks to navigate, they pay more attention when in cities, and they even recognize other pigeon colonies. » 6/25/09 2:30pm 6/25/09 2:30pm

Paralyzed Man Speaks Again Using Brain Implant

A man suffering from "locked in" syndrome, where a fully-conscious person is completely paralyzed except for some eyelid movements, is speaking again using a computer. Doctors report in Nature » 11/21/08 3:53pm 11/21/08 3:53pm today that he's using a brain implant to control speech synthesizing software with his mind. Though it is often difficult to…

Prosthetic Speech Implant Turns Your Thoughts to Words

Imagine waking up one morning and being unable to speak. Your mind still churns away, trying to form words, but no sounds will come out. It's like the bleak ending of Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream only, you know, real. This is a fact of life for many people with varying levels of paralysis, who… » 7/03/08 9:32am 7/03/08 9:32am

Brain Implants Instead of Prozac

Brain implants are here, and they're making people happy. It'll probably still be a while before you can neurointerface directly with the internet or your friends and lovers, but psychologists are testing implantable brain 'pacemakers' that regulate brain activity and so far appear really useful for treating the most… » 5/27/08 2:20pm 5/27/08 2:20pm

Your Consciousness Is Ten Seconds Behind the Present

The time it takes for sensory input to travel along nerves and get processed by the brains means we're always living in the past. Okay, no problem — we can live with a few lost milliseconds. But ten seconds? A new study shows that once our brains make a decision (like "push this button") it takes that long for our… » 4/14/08 1:40pm 4/14/08 1:40pm

Ultrathin, Rubbery Circuits Bring Us One Step Closer to Google Brain…

A new kind of computer circuit printed on ultrathin rubber would make the perfect "brain wrapper," says its inventor. Usually computer circuits are etched on rigid, plastic boards, but University of Illinois researcher John Rogers has successfully placed circuits on a rubbery material that can bend and stretch. Many… » 3/27/08 5:00pm 3/27/08 5:00pm

The Pros and Cons of a Google Brain Implant

In John Varley's upcoming scifi novel Rolling Thunder, everyone has a brain implant that lets them google information constantly. And many futurists are saying this technology will become a reality long before we colonize Mars. The question isn't whether we'll have google brain implants (or the futuristic search… » 2/22/08 5:30pm 2/22/08 5:30pm

What Is an io9?

io9s were marketed as cheap time machines in the 2070s. They were actually just low-grade input/output devices for the brain that tuned tachyon waves and gave users vivid images of possible futures. The things were so addictive, and drove so many people insane, that io9s were eventually outlawed. Today the word is… » 1/02/08 6:00am 1/02/08 6:00am