- Lloyd Price
CoMind and the future of Non-Invasive Neural Interfaces
CoMind is a venture-backed start-up building non-invasive brain-computer interfaces. Our mission is to understand the brain and build the next platform upon the worlds most powerful supercomputer.
Our mission is to create the next computing interface to positively change how humans interact with technology. We will simultaneously improve our understanding of the human brain and neurological disorders in a ways that have not been possible before.
Neural interfaces have the potential to disrupt the way humans interact with technology. At CoMind we are building these revolutionary technologies with ethics at the forefront of our mind so that our technologies are used for the greater good and used to improve human life for the better. Traditional technologies have often been built at the expense of humans, without a thought for the negative impact they can potentially have.
At CoMind we stay close to our values and ensure that we carefully think about the huge impact our technologies can have on society - we responsibly build ethics into our technologies from the bottom up, enabling us to fulfil our mission of improving the way humans interact with machines.
The Future of Neural Interface Technology
The concept of an interface between brain and the external world, i.e., connecting a brain to a machine or a computer, is not new and often has been the subject of popular science fiction. As early as the 1950s, electrodes were regularly implanted into the brains of humans or animals for electrical recording or stimulation to influence brain function or treat neurological disorders.
For many decades, neurophysiologists have also been recording neural electrical potentials and stimulating through similar types of acutely and chronically implanted electrodes, as tools for understanding brain function. However, the specific goal of interfacing brain directly to devices, bypassing normal routes to the muscles, has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity and received renewed interest as seen in both research publications and in the popular media.
Such rise in interest may be due to the recent advances in neuroscience as well as rapid developments in computers and electronics, as predicted by Moore in 1965, allowing large amounts of information to be processed and converted into neurally-derived control signals in real-time. The concept of transforming thought into action and sensation into perception for those lacking normal pathways is now becoming feasible.