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Miguel Nicolelis on Neuralink and performing in front of a billion people at the 2014 World Cup

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

Release Date: 10/11/2021

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

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Although the is best known for pioneering studies in neuronal population coding, Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMI) and neuroprosthetics in human patients and non-human primates, they have also developed an integrative approach to studying neurological and psychiatric disorders including Parkinsons disease and epilepsy. Top 3 Takeaways: "Every Brazilian kid dreams to play for the Brazilian national team in a world cup game, I didn't quite fulfill the dream, but I got as close as a scientist can get. And we had about 65,000 people in the stadium that day in about 1.2 billion people watching the...

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Although the Nicolelis Laboratory is best known for pioneering studies in neuronal population coding, Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMI) and neuroprosthetics in human patients and non-human primates, they have also developed an integrative approach to studying neurological and psychiatric disorders including Parkinsons disease and epilepsy.

Top 3 Takeaways:

  • "Every Brazilian kid dreams to play for the Brazilian national team in a world cup game, I didn't quite fulfill the dream, but I got as close as a scientist can get. And we had about 65,000 people in the stadium that day in about 1.2 billion people watching the kickoff."
  • "Every time one of my students complain about the programming job, I said, are you kidding me? You have one megabyte of Ram. We had 64 K. No complaining anymore."
  • Instead of selling a device they will be opening neuro rehab centers in under developed areas of the world to give better treatment than what could be possible at the largest hospitals

2:15 "Do you want to introduce yourself a little bit beyond [doing the FIFA 2014 kickoff]?"

6:00 "So what's the advantage of monkey versus rat versus pig. All these different animal models versus human?"

8:45 Why did the monkey implants last longer?

10:30 "I want to go into this hardware that you've used, you made your own, it sounds like you made your own probes and then I'm imagining, computers from the late nineties too. So were you limited by that?"

15:45 "Is it easier now with more RAM, better computation? We have a million times more, but is it a million times easier or how does that translate?"

18:30 "Neuralink had this really interesting presentation with the monkey playing pong, but probably for you that wasn't nearly as innovative. Do you want to talk about this a little bit?"

23:15 "You were going to choose to become an Ameritas at Duke and that you're sitting, setting up an Institute in Brazil. Do you want to talk about both of these?"

28:45 "Obviously you have ties to Brazil, but is there any other advantages to having it in Brazil versus Europe or us or Australia?"

29:30 "What's the next place? Where should we be looking forward to these hubs?"

33:00 "Is there anything that we didn't talk about that you wanted to mention?"