They blazed a trail by having their brains linked to computers. Now they want to help shape the field’s future

Pioneers of "brain-computer interfaces" have established a new group to try to shape the future of the field.

Three years after he was paralyzed from the chest down, Ian Burkhart faced a dilemma. He received a phone call from the Ohio State University asking him, as one of the few patients with a spinal cord injury living near Columbus, Ohio, to join a brain-computer interface (BCI) study.

The problem was, no one could answer his most pressing questions.

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