A promising new computer-brain interface has allowed a paralyzed woman in a lab to sip coffee. A silicon chip records her thoughts and a robot arm does the rest of the work.
What is the significance of this development?
For people with physical disabilities, this offers the hope that one day they will be able to perform routine tasks with the aid of technology. That means sipping coffee, dressing themselves, or even driving a car.
Technology also offers the possibility of changing the lives of people without physical disabilities. In what ways can technology merge with human biology to make us happier, healthier, and live longer, more fulfilling lives?
Big Think explores this question and others in a series called Humanizing Technology.