Brain-Computer Interfacing, and Methods for Improving Brain Function

July 4, 2018
Mike Gruendfeld

Mike Gruendfeld, the leader of the Science, Technology & Medicine discussion group, presented “Brain-Computer Interfacing, and Methods for Improving Brain Function.”

Description: Brain-Computer interfacing sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it is already used to treat many severe human maladies, including epilepsy, paralysis, deafness, Parkinson’s disease, and others. Treatments entail inserting wires and sensors into, onto, and near living patients’ brains, and interfacing these with artificial intelligence (AI) equipped computers. Research now underway, and planned, aims not only to relieve suffering, but also to read minds, dramatically enhance learning and memory, and ultimately establish superhuman-like connections between human brains and computers. Procedures already used, and planned, for correcting brain-body malfunctions, and establishing brain-computer communication, will be described and discussed.

Mike Gruenfeld’s Bio: Mike spent most of his childhood in the British protectorate, Palestine, and in Israel, after it declared its independence. He arrived in the US at age 13, and resided in New York City. After completing High School and College, and marrying Holly, the family (now four) moved to a lovely town in New Jersey. Mike worked as an analytical chemist, managed an environmental research laboratory, supervised chemists and engineers, chaired committees of the American Society For Testing and Materials (ASTM), published scientific papers, and provided technical seminars at scientific conferences.

To read Mike’s full presentation paper, please click here.