Neuroscientist David Eagleman explains his latest invention, the “versatile extra-sensory transducer,” a vest installed with tiny motors that can convert sound and noise into vibrations on the back, allowing deaf people to hear the world through vibrations.
Ok, not exactly. But the possibility has been floated by some scientists investigating neurogenesis, the idea that new neurons are generated in the human brain throughout life. Daniel Reisel explores the impact this new understanding might have on things like our criminal justice system in a new book, “Rewiring Our Reality.”
Ed Boyden is the head of the Synthetic Neurobiology group at the MIT Media Lab. He talks brains and optogenetics (a technique being used to better understand blindness and Parkinson’s disease) with futurist and venture capitalist Juan Enriquez.