Cyberkinetics, a Massachusetts company, has launched the first human trials of their new BrainGate neural interface. This won’t be for console cowboys trying to make their big cyberspace break, but for the physically disabled needing communication and activity.
This is also another step forward in the ongoing process of figuring out how to use digital technology to augment human abilities. This is not the only research on how to make machines “listen” to nerve signals. And while the point of the research is (quite appropriately) figuring out ways to assist the disabled, the history of adaptive technology shows that augmentation for therapy usually leads to augmentation for enhancement.