Beyond Boundaries

The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives

Miguel Nicolelis

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A pioneering neuroscientist shows how the long-sought merger of brains with machines is about to become a paradigm-shifting reality

Imagine living in a world where people use their computers, drive their cars, and communicate with one another simply by thinking. In this stunning and inspiring work, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis shares his revolutionary insights into how the brain creates thought and the human sense of self—and how this might be augmented by machines, so that the entire universe will be within our reach.

Beyond Boundaries draws on Nicolelis's ground-breaking research with monkeys that he taught to control the movements of a robot located halfway around the globe by using brain signals alone. Nicolelis's work with primates has uncovered a new method for capturing brain function—by recording rich neuronal symphonies rather than the activity of single neurons. His lab is now paving the way for a new treatment for Parkinson's, silk-thin exoskeletons to grant mobility to the paralyzed, and breathtaking leaps in space exploration, global communication, manufacturing, and more.

Beyond Boundaries promises to reshape our concept of the technological future, to a world filled with promise and hope.

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Miguel Nicolelis

Miguel Nicolelis, M.D. Ph.D., is the Anne W. Deane Professor of Neuroscience at Duke University and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. His award-winning research has been published in Nature, Science, and other leading scientific journals, as well as in Scientific American, which named him one of the twenty most influential scientists in the world. A member of the French and Brazilian academies of sciences, he lives in North Carolina.

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Beyond Boundaries
The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our Lives
Miguel Nicolelis

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
March 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805090529
ISBN10: 0805090525
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages, forty-nine black-and-white photographs throughout
$28.00

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250002617
ISBN10: 1250002613
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages, 49 b/w photos & figs throughout
$16.99

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Times Books
March 2011
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ISBN: 9781429950794
ISBN10: 142995079X
320 pages
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