Ian and Jesse discuss using a brain to directly control a computer. It's happening now, and the future of brain-computer interfaces has a lot of promise, but there may be a dark side. How could we benefit from things like telepathic communication, literally combining brains to work on a problem, or even feeling the emotions of others far away?
Links to topics discussed:
Brain Waves - Be careful! There's lots of new-age pseudoscience nonsense about brain waves on the Internet.
Dr. Bin He's lab
Brain controlled drones video
Book discussing "brainish," the brain's internal language
One monkey's brain controlling another's body
Paralyzed man walks using brain-computer interface and avatar
Rat and monkey neural networks
Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.