Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions
By Ladan Jiracek
About this podcast
This podcast's purpose is to bring together the field of neuroprosthetics / brain machine interfaces / brain implants in an understandable conversation about the current topics and breakthroughs. We hope to replace needing to read scientific papers on new research in an easy to digest way. Then people can share thoughts or ideas to facilitate 'idea sex' to make the field of brain implants a smaller and more personal space

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Jan. 15, 2018
I love Isaac Arthur's Science and Futurism Youtube channel and podcast. So when he covered the topic of Mind Augmentation I asked him if I could share the show on this channel as well. It is a bit different than what this podcast usually is about since it deals with the more science fiction possibilities 100 years in advance. Nonetheless, I think it is very interesting and I had never heard some of these ideas. It should be a fun thought experiment and hopefully, it can spark some new ideas of what is possible.  
Dec. 25, 2017
Matt Angle is the CEO of Paradromics which aims to make broadband for the brain possible, massively parallel brain interfaces and realtime decoding. They use off the shelf electrode wires which were previously ignored to cheaply create a neural interface that can have 50,000 channels. With a recent $18 million DARPA grant they are poised to start selling implants soon. In this episode we not only talk about the technology but also the behind the scenes look of starting a company in the biotechnology space. We talk about raising money and how it differs from an academic path.
Dec. 11, 2017
I had a great time at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington DC and it was great to hear that the podcast is so well received!  "You came out of nowhere but are doing a great job!" Was the general sentiment from many talks with fans of the podcast Straight from DC I went to Mumbai India and I will be travelling here for the next 6-8 months. Therefore my podcasts will be released on a slower schedule due to time and internet bandwidth constraints.  I did 9 video interviews and will be slowly working on getting the audio and video up. The thing is, the video side Is 120gb which I have to upload into the video editor... lets just say that's about 119gb more than I can upload per day here on Indian internet!    So thanks so much for giving me so much verbal support at the conference! I'm glad you like it and it really motivated me to continue! 
Nov. 7, 2017
Dr David Friedenberg works at Batelle which is an interesting company with a kind of profit/nonprofit model. In this episode we talk about some software and hardware changes they made in order for a patient to have gradual muscle control. That way if the patient wanted to grip an egg he would be able to do more than simply crush the egg or to drop it.
Nov. 6, 2017
We were able to have this interview in person at the Human Brain Project Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. It was the first of my in person video interviews I hope to make and it was a new medium. You can watch the video here   In this interview Dr Mitra talked about his previous work with electronically selectable neural probes. These probes had about 1500 electrodes which could be turned on or off depending on the quality of the connection. He also worked on CMOS electronics which could be put at the end of the probe which could reduce the data transmission (and heat) by 10x.
Nov. 6, 2017
I got invited as a media representative to the Society of Neuroscience meeting in Washington DC. This conference will have over 30k attendants and I hope to do many interviews with leaders in this field.   I hope to meet everyone in the Neural Implant field who will be attending and maybe even do some in person interviews! Sign up for a time to do it here     I will also be hosting an event at a nearby pub on Saturday the 11th at 7pm at the Tap House Brewery. Sign up for the event here!
Oct. 23, 2017
Dr Kevin Otto is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida where he maps the neural networks of central and autonomous neurons. There he realized that the body's rejection of these implants is a huge issue and has been working on ways to allow the body to accept the implants for the long term.
Oct. 16, 2017
James Giordano PhD, MPhil., is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC. As well, he is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly Fulbright Visiting Professor of Neuroscience and Neuroethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. He currently serves as a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council for Human Research Protection; and has served as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and as Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Joint Staff, Pentagon.
Oct. 9, 2017
Dr Harbi Sohal is a rising star in the field of Neural Implants. He recently won the Forbes 30 under 30 for scientists. At 29, he has also recently become an Assistant Professor at the Feinstein Institute in New York. He has worked with previous guests Dr Andrew Jackson and Dr Ed Boyden and is now working with Dr Chad Bouton. He is working on all the big things in this field: Glial scarring reduction, optogenetics, and bioelectronic medicine.   Dr Sohal also generously provided his Feedly subscriptions. Feedly is an RSS feed which delivers daily news to you on the news in the Neural Implant field.  Hopefully this is easy to download, otherwise, send me an email at [email protected] and I can send it to you
Oct. 2, 2017
Dr Douglas Weber has recently come back from a program manager position at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which lasted 4 years. Now he is back to being an associate professor at University of Pittsburgh where he works with haptics in neuroprosthetics. By giving feedback from pressures back into the body the patient does not have 'phantom limb' pain. He is also interested in Electrical Prescriptions where an implant could bypass many medications with electrical signals in the Vagus nerve.