Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Brain Engineering

PostedFebruary 25, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  It’s theoretically possible, according to Joe Pancrazio, a neural engineering program director at NIH, but…

Joseph Pancrazio:  People choosing to have brain surgery in order to be enhanced is a fantasy that will never be realized, because of the surgical risk.

Randy Atkins:  He says it is worth it for the paralyzed.

Joseph Pancrazio:  The concept of an implantable device to record and measure the intent to move is possible.

Randy Atkins:  Pancrazio says those electrical signals could bypass damaged spinal nerves to reach healthy muscles.

Joseph Pancrazio:  We could restore an individual’s ability to be able to move their own paralyzed limb.

Randy Atkins: Control of body, not mind.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.

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