Neuroprosthetics (The Infinite Mind instant audio download)
On this episode of The Infinite Mind the hour is devoted to Dr. John Donoghue and his ground-breaking work in an emerging field that scientists are calling neuro-prosthetics. Donoghue is head of the neuroscience department at Brown University and co-founder of Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, based in Foxborough, MA. Donoghue and his team of colleagues invented a brain-interface technology that enabled a paralyzed person to operate a computer and robotic arm by thought alone. In this program we visit Donoghue’s laboratory at Brown University and ask him to describe the efforts that led to his breakthrough. We’ll talk about ethics, science, commerce and the future of this exciting new field. We’ll also hear from Richard Martin, a journalist who interviewed Matthew Nagle, the first human subject in Donoghue’s trial. Martin will talk with us about other possible medical and military applications for Donoghue’s work and the ethical implications of the innovations. With commentary from John Hockenberry.