BCI
AI/Machine Learning

Connecting brains to computers: 3 startups, including Australia’s Synchron, that have pioneered the technology

- March 28, 2023 4 MIN READ

Since it was founded in 2016, Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface (BCI) company Neuralink has had its moments in biotech news. Whether it was the time Musk promised his “link” would let people communicate telepathically, or when the whole company was under investigation for potentially violating the Animal Welfare Act, the hype around Neuralink means it’s… Read more »

AI
AI/Machine Learning

From brain implants to super-intelligent humans: will we become homo ex machina?

- March 14, 2023 5 MIN READ

Most people are familiar with the deluge of artificial intelligence (AI) apps that seem designed to make us more efficient and creative. We’ve got apps that take text prompts and generate art, and the controversial ChatGPT, which raises serious questions about originality, misinformation and plagiarism. Despite these concerns, AI is becoming ever more pervasive and… Read more »

Synchron inventor Professor Nicholas Opie
Funding

Jeff Bezos & Bill Gates back Australian brain-computer interface startup Synchron in $110 million Series C

- December 16, 2022 2 MIN READ

Cutting-edge Australian tech scale-up  Synchron, which hopes to give paralysed people the power to control computers with their minds, has raised $110 million in a Series C. Synchron is a clinical-stage endovascular (inside the blood vessel) brain-computer interface (BCI) company founded in 2016 by Dr Tom Oxley and Professor Nick Opie. It is based in Brooklyn, New… Read more »