About this Research Topic
Neural prosthetic technologies have made significant advances during the last decade. We have witnessed many ideas previously entertained in scientific fiction become a reality, such as artificial limbs controlled by brain activity and perceptions evoked by brain stimulation. These developments brought about a number of new ideas, which can be categorized as futuristic: restoration of function lost to stroke or spinal cord injury, treatment for disorders of consciousness, direct brain-to-brain communication, networks composed of many brains, artificial parts for the brain replacing damaged circuitry and augmenting the existent circuitry by new capabilities, and even a transfer of the brain content and function to an artificial carrier. While many of these projects are currently looked upon with skepticism, several studies have already emerged exploring futuristic neural prostheses practically and theoretically.
This Research Topic intends to continue the discussion of these directions in neuroprosthetic developments. We welcome original research and review articles exploring futuristic neural prostheses from a strictly scientific viewpoint. In addition to the mentioned ideas, any new ones are welcome, as long they are relevant to neuroprosthetics and can be called futuristic.
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