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Live Chat: Controlling Machines With Our Minds

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Neurotechnology is changing the way we live. Advances in robotics and neural prosthetics, including computer systems that interface directly with the human brain, give patients with paralysis, lost limbs, or neurological disease new ways to move and communicate. But with these revolutionary technologies come translational challenges: Scientists are still working to make neural prosthetics reliable, safe, and affordable. As electronics get smaller and robots get smarter, what will the future hold for the patients who rely on this technology? And from remote warfare to remote surgery, how are people without disabilities likely to use these neurotechnologies in the coming years?

Join two bioengineers, Todd Coleman of the University of California, San Diego, and José del R. Millán of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday, 14 November, at 3 p.m. EST on this page for a live video chat about the latest in neurotechnology and what’s next for this field. Be sure to leave your questions for our guests in the comment box below.