Interfacing the Brain
Popular neuroscience reinforces a view of the brain as a machine: a very complex machine, but nonetheless an entity essentially mechanistic in character and purposeful in design. Attempts to interface technology with the brain -- either directly or via the senses -- generally labour under the same misconception. Here I explain why the brain is largely opaque to mechanistic interfacing in a way that is not limited by technological sophistication but by biological reality. Positively, I show how seeing the brain in the right light could let us make better use of personal technology.
Parashkev Nachev is a Senior Clinical Research Associate at the Institute of Neurology and an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. His research deals primarily with translational aspects of cognitive and behavioural neurology, in particular with the development of novel methodology for distributed investigational and therapeutic devices.