“The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”–Thomas Edison
Richard Dawkins might disagree with Thomas Edison. He’d likely say the purpose of our bodies and our brains is to carry around–and perpetuate– our genes. Increasingly, though, the purpose of body is to carry around our technology and interface it with our brains. Wearable electronics…VR goggles…smart phones…our devices are becoming more than tools. They are merging with our being. Add to this the onrush of emerging BCI (brain-computer interface) technologies and one thing becomes clear. We are becoming what we build.
The IEEE brain initiative seeks to set standards for, and explore the ethics of, many of these technologies. Laura Cabrera is a brain researcher working with the initiative. In this episode of Seeking Delphi™ I talk to her about many issues surrounding the accelerating use of technology to diagnose, treat, and eventually enhance, the brain.
Episode #47: Technology and The Brain with Laura Cabrera
YouTube Slideshow, episode #47