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Friday, April 23, 2004

The next big thing - neurotechnology?

What is Neurotechnology?

"Neurotechnology is the set of tools that influence the human central nervous system, especially the brain, to achieve a desired effect. The Economist defines neurotechnology as any "technology that makes it possible to manipulate the brain."

Instruments and techniques that are used to in developing neurotechnology include -- brain imaging systems (fMRI, PET, EEG), biochips (DNA microarrays, protein chips, RNA chips), genetic engineering techniques, cellular implantation, electronic stimulation.

Products of neurotechnology include -- pharmaceuticals (psychopharmaceuticals), psychological conditioning, neurofeedback, magnetic stimulation.

Technological trends making neurotechnology possible -- nanotechnology, information technology, biotechnology, neuroscience.

"This site focuses on the science behind emerging technologies of broad importance, summarizing research results and offering technical perspectives on research directions. It includes tutorial material, new results, annotated bibliographies and links to external web resources. Initial topics include nanotechnology-based production systems (central to the future of physical technology), and secure, distributed computing (central to the future of informational technology). In both these areas, several widespread assumptions are very wrong. A better understanding can benefit both technical leaders seeking productive directions for research and development, and policy makers aiming to make wise decisions."

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