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The Brain Electric

The Brain Electric: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines

Malcolm Gay

Imagine controlling a machine with your mind. Imagine a communication line direct from your mind to someone else’s. Imagine controlling a prosthetic limb with a thought, or ‘seeing’ through a camera located miles away.

Once the stuff of science fiction, such remarkable feats are now within the grasp of neuroscience.

Malcolm Gay tells the fascinating stories of the researchers delving into the intricate workings of the brain to map the neuralsignals that make up our thoughts, of the group of brave, vulnerable patient-volunteers participating in these ground-breaking experiments, and of the developing technologies that will not only improve lives but potentially revolutionise human capabilities.

The Brain Electric asks us to rethink our relationship with technology, our bodies, even consciousness itself—challenging our assumptions about what it means to be human.

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Malcolm Gay
About the Author

Award-winning journalist Malcolm Gay is an arts reporter for the Boston Globe. His writing and essays have also appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and, among others. He was named an Alicia Patterson Fellow in 2013, and received top honours from the James Beard Foundation, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and the...

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‘An ambitious, well-researched book, The Brain Electric illustrates the field’s exciting potential not just to aid the disabled but one day, perhaps, to enhance human abilities altogether.’

‘Gay observes the brilliant, fiercely competitive, and unnervingly entrepreneurial neuroscientists who seek the means to bring humans one step closer to the transhuman realm…Gay is reassuringly skeptical of the tabloid-style hype surrounding neuroprosthetics, but he makes a convincing case that, sooner rather than later, neuroprostheses will become more commonplace.’

‘While brimming with extensive and well-cited research studies, scientific background, and current events, the book comprises a collection of stories…The human side moves the narrative forward and will engage not just science readers but those who love inspiring people.’

The Brain Electric convincingly illuminates the ways current biomedical research and breakthroughs in neuroprosthetics are steadily gaining ground on what was once wild science fiction.’

‘Intriguing and provocative…The Brain Electric is at once popular science and procedural thriller. Gay conjures in vivid detail the personalities of both the neuroprostheticists and the patients whose worlds they are transforming one electrode at a time.‘

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  • The Brain Electric
    ISBN: 9781922253316
    21 October 2015
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