Re: Neural Connections

Anders Sandberg (
Wed, 2 Oct 1996 17:22:11 +0200 (MET DST)

On Tue, 1 Oct 1996, Suresh Naidu wrote:

> Can someone update me on the state of brain-computer interface research?
> have the managed to control circuits with nerve impulses yet? I remember
> reading this once, but I`m not sure. If they have, then what have they
> been doing since.

The currently most fashionable area of research is to try to get axons to
grow through a perforated silicon chip, enabling two way communication.
There are some projects about this out there, and related research
looking at other silicon-neuron interfaces. I think the animal
experiments are showing some results, but we are still far from a good

> A project I and some friends are working on is
> interfacing an EKG with a commputer. We got ahold of an old EKG, and it`s
> sitting in a basement waiting for us to put it together and hook it up to
> a computer.

Interesting! Do you mean an EEG system, or really an EKG? One of our
projects here at Aleph is to build a EEG device to use for exactly this
kind of experiments; we would be very interested in exchanging ideas,
results and experiments with you.

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