The Science and Real World Impact of Brain-Machine Interfaces

Brain-computer interfaces — electronic devices that provide a direct connection between the human brain and the external world — promise to improve life for people with sensory or movement impairments, and maybe for more of us in the future. In this event we explore two sides of brain-computer interfaces. What is the science behind them? How do they affect those who use them? And what is next for them?

In this event we hear two talks from people who have experience with both sides of the brain-computer interface world: Dr. Nima Mesgarani, Associate Professor at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University and Nathan Copeland, pioneering research study participant. Following the talks, Dr. Karen Schroeder, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and herself the developer of a device to aid movement based on neural activity, moderates a conversation with the speakers in which they answer audience questions.