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Monkeys, tools, and boundaries,
This review is from: Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives (Paperback)Great read for this previous friend of a Capuchin monkey years ago in LaPaz, Bolivia. I can attest that monkeys eagerly interface with tools e.g., put on lipstick with or without a mirror; without any human intervention, selectively [apparently based on empirical experience] choose and to all appearances thoroughly enjoy pharmacoactive plants of the psychodelic variety, ride pet cats like horses, and guard patios better than any watch dog. It is not surprising to me that their cousins, the Rheusus, partner with others in neuroscience labs in the study of the use of robotic tools.
My only objection is the title "'Beyond' Boundaries." If my understanding of what the author is saying is correct, then, once incorporated into my neural circuitry, a robot I am using to pick up tools in New York from my office in St. Louis is as much a part of me as my grabber is when I am picking up an object lying on the floor, or as much as a modern artificial limb is to an athlete who has... Read more
Sound science accompanied by enjoyable anecdotes,
This review is from: Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives (Paperback)
The author takes you on the remarkable account of 25+ years of research in neuroscience, from his medicine years at Sao Paulo University to Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. Dr. Nicolelis summarizes the conclusions of his remarkable experiments in ten "principles of ensemble neurophysiology", supporting his distributionist theory of the brain. The book has plenty of music and sports allegories that make a very entertaining reading.
My only concern is that the technical language may be a little difficult to understand for the layman, but I applaud the author's effort not to dumb down the description of the experiments.
In conclusion this work is a must-read for anyone whose work is related to neuroscience, and remains a highly recommendable book for the curious minds that do not mind delving a little bit in the technical aspect of neural engineering.
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Neuroscience: You're doing it wrong!,
This review is from: Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives (Paperback)Miguel Nicolelis is a Brazilian born, world-renowned neuroscientist working out of Duke University in North Carolina. He is seen as the public face of the recently begun and rapidly expanding field of Brain-Machine Interfaces, and has done much to bring widespread attention to not only that field, but to neuroscience in general. Part of why Nicolelis is seen as the representative of this field is because he brings academic research into a human context, making the ambitious claim that his research has led to a “human-to-human brain” interface, as well as giving a quadriplegic youth the ability to deliver the opening kick in the 2014 world cup held in Nicolelis’ own Brazil. This theme of bringing science, particularly neuroscience, into a more public and relevant context is one underlying his recent book, Beyond Boundaries.
The author starts his historical narrative by describing the two camps of thought in neuroscience, which he terms “localizationist” and “distributionist.”... Read more