The idea of a surgeon implanting electrodes deep into your brain or of a computer reading your thoughts may seem like something out of science fiction. But such technologies are increasingly part of our everyday reality — and, while they raise moral and ethical questions, they offer hope to many with disabilities and neurological disorders.
Electrodes in the brain have been used to treat several debilitating illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease and severe depression. And researchers are experimenting with brain-computer interfaces that could make it possible for people who have lost the ability to move to communicate with others and operate assistive devices, such as wheelchairs.
Learn more about the field of neurotechnology — and the potential of various neurotechnologies to improve the lives of people with disabilities and long-term illnesses — at a public talk hosted by the Ontario Brain Institute at 6:30 p.m. on January 21. You will be able to watch the live stream here:
The panel, moderated by McGill University’s Rackeb Tesfaye, will feature experts developing such technologies and people who work with and support those with disabilities.
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