Minds and Machines
A conversation with Miguel Nicolelis

Miguel Nicolelis talks about his ever-deepening understanding of the way animal brains work as a direct product of his extensive experiments with rats, monkeys and humans, learning how to drive a wide variety of mechanical devices in the rapidly emerging field of brain-machine interfaces.

About Miguel Nicolelis:

Miguel Nicolelis is a neuroscientist and physician known for his pioneering research on Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) and neuroprosthetics in human patients and non-human primates. He is Anne W. Deane Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering and Psychology ...


Some Additional Resources:
Beyond Boundaries

By Miguel Nicolelis

Miguel on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The Scientific American Brave New Brain

By Judith Horstman

A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts. No, really.

TED talk with Miguel

Nicolelis Lab at Duke University

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Video Chapters

Introduction (00:00)

Chapter 1: Whiskers and the Mind (1:49)

Chapter 2: From Operatic Rats o Medical Rehabilitation (10:21)

Chapter 3: Powering Robots with monkey Minds (22:45)

Chapter 4: Against Reductionism (30:10)

Chapter 5: Tools, Plasticity and Cole Porter (40:47)

Chapter 6: Phantom Pain & Disturbing Astronauts (46:25)

Chapter 7: Modern Technology & Metaphysical Speculation (52:21)

Chapter 8: The Big Questions (1:01:57)

Credits (1:04:09)