A Grid for the Brain

Brain-machine interface technology seems to be advancing more quickly than predicted. Scientists at Washington University have successfully implanted a brain grid into patients that reads their electrocorticographic (ECoG) brain activity and allows them to move a cursor on a computer screen with a thought. This breakthrough supersedes previous technology that read and translated electroencephalographic (EEG) brain activity. Patients using the new technology were able to learn their cursor mind control task in an hour, far less than the several months older technology required.

Many people will likely be squeamish at the idea, especially when they hear that the brain grid requires direct implantation into the brain so that it can read the ECoG data directly. However, past squeamishness has often become indifferent acceptance, a signature trend of all successful technologies.

Published by Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a poet and writer living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in or is forthcoming from Impossible Archetype and The Laurel Review. A work of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review's Fairy-Tale Files. Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona.