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Brain-Computer Interfaces and Prosthetic Agents - Tom Buller

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When: Thursday, January 23, 2020
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, 1st floor/Searle Room, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Myria Knox   312.503.7962

Group: Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lunchtime Montgomery Lectures

Category: Academic


The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics


A Montgomery Lecture


Tom Buller
Professor of Philosophy
Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois

Brain-Computer Interfaces and Prosthetic Agents

BCIs have been described as devices that “translate thought into action.”  This description seems appropriate since BCIs decode neural signals to extract voluntary motor commands that reflect the person’s movement intentions, and then use the processed signal to control an external device or limb.  In broad terms, we can say that a person has performed an action if bodily movement is caused by the person’s beliefs and desires and is under the person’s control.  An important question to ask is whether BCI-mediated behavior meets these conditions.  


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