Where is the real Matrix?

November 12, 2003 | Source: Salon.com

Neuroprostheses — human-computer interfaces that connect directly to the human brain, spinal cord or nerves as in The Matrix — are already a reality. But misguided federal policies are keeping them from the people who need them.

The development of microelectrode arrays has allowed researchers in the field to start thinking seriously about a variety of next-generation neuroprosthetic devices, including new types of neuroprostheses. These include vision prostheses for the blind and brain-computer interfaces for the totally paralyzed. But FDA regulators and insurance companies are stifling progress.