October 23, 2018

Neuroscience is a fascinating field, and one in which breakthrough developments have been materializing at a rapid pace.

This year alone, neurostimulation has helped paralyzed people walk, and work is being done to use similar technology to give tactile feeling to people using prosthetics, as well as pain. In this way, machines can assist the functioning of the human brain.

On the other hand, researchers have recently developed a mind-controlled robotic arm that can decipher which thoughts are directed at it, and perform the task the user is thinking of, allowing the brain to control the machine.

Machines aside, there’s also exciting research into materials that can help address neurological damage and disorders. One example is this work combining graphene with neurological tissue, in which layer of graphene can increase neuronal firing, improving function for the patient.

In all, there are lots of promising neurological technologies to keep track of, and an array of outlets and events that can help in this quest.

Several panels at the upcoming IEEE Technology Time Machine (TTM) conference (our flagship conference on the direction of future technologies) will take on these topics. “Neuroscience and Brain” will focus on the technology roadmap for brain-machine interaction, and the benefits and ethical dilemmas it presents. “Far Futures” will cover the ongoing evolution of human/machine symbiotic intelligence and the development of neural prosthesis, among other topics. And some of the “Young Entrepreneurs and IEEE N3XT®” discussions will feature founders and investors engrossed in the world of brain computer interfaces and healthcare technologies.

A springboard for discourse on multiple disciplines and evolving areas of technology, TTM 2018 will be held from October 31st to November 1st in San Diego, California and is hosted by the IEEE Future Directions Committee.

To learn more about the Technology Time Machine Conference 2018, or to register, please visit the website. You can also download and subscribe to the IEEE TTM Podcast Series to hear more insights and predictions from speakers and panelists featured at this year’s event.

If you’re a fan of neuroscience and want to follow the latest developments from IEEE, Future Directions also oversees the IEEE Brain initiative, which focuses on neuroscience research. There’s also the Human OS series on IEEE Spectrum that highlights breakthroughs in bioengineering.

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IEEE Future Directions Committee