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Shaping the future of brain-computer interfaces


How do you live with something implanted in your brain? Can you shower the same as before? What happens to data the device generates? For many people who receive a brain-computer interface, they don’t know the answers to these and other questions until after the surgery. And their doctors don’t always know the ins and outs of living with these devices. Ian Burkhart, who received a brain-computer interface in 2014 to treat a spinal cord injury, is creating a community of people like him to answer these pressing questions and advocate for people in his community. “Being able to share” my experience, says Burkhart, “is only going to help people learn.” STAT’s Elissa Welle has the full story.

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