Cells to Silicon: Your Brain in 2050

Videos from the World Science Festival are now online, including a panel on brain-computer interfaces and neural prosthetics that featured John Donoghue, professor of neuroscience and engineering. NPR science reporter Robert Krulwich moderated “Cells To Silicon: Your Brain in 2050,” a far-ranging discussion involving Donoghue, NYU research psychologist Gary Marcus, Cornell neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg, and UC–Berkeley engineer Michel Maharbiz. As the festival’s own coverage reflects, the panel considered and debated the many implications and questions arising from the emerging ability to connect the brain with technology.