Rewiring the Brain: Zapping with Precision
Devices that stimulate the nervous system through electric current are now being used to treat depression, movement disorders, and chronic pain. Our author, a Stanford professor and senior scientific research director for Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Palo Alto, CA, provides insight on the various strategies now available.
Computer Vision and the Dream of the Cyborg
Two major information-processing systems exist in the world today: brains and computers. Can we merge them, creating the “cyborg” beloved of science fiction writers? For a team at M.I.T., the goal was practical: find a way for a camera hooked to a computer to connect with the visual system to enable people blind from retinal damage to see again.