BCI Pioneers Part II

July 12, 2023
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In part II of this very special two part series in collaboration with Blackrock Neurotech, Paradromics CEO Matt Angle and Blackrock Creative Director Taryn Southern co-host a discussion with BCI research pioneers Jan Scheuermann, Ian Burkhart, and Nathan Copeland. In part two, we discuss the future of BCI,  the areas in which BCI and identity intersect, and what’s next for them.

The Panel:

Jan Scheuermann is an author and public speaker, and self-styled “professional lab rat.” She has spoken at DARPA, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and the National Convention of the ALS Association about her experience as a BCI trial participant at UPitt. She is the author of a fictional mystery novel, Sharp as a Cucumber, available on Amazon. You can find out more about Jan and book her for public speaking events on her website or connect with her on LinkedIn.

Ian Burkhart is the President of the Ian Burkhart Foundation, which provides equipment not typically covered by insurance that improves independence for those with spinal cord injuries. He is also the Vice President of the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium, an advocacy organization that brings individuals with lived experience together with researchers to improve research, care, cure, and policy. In addition, Ian consults on medical device development and user interaction. Ian’s latest project is the BCI Pioneers Coalition, a platform to connect BCI users, researchers, industry, and other stakeholder groups to discuss the future of Brain Computer Interfaces. You can visit him on his website or connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

Nathan Copeland is a neurotechnology consultant, speaker, and digital artist. He has spoken at numerous conventions around the world about his experiences in the lab and has been featured in many prominent publications including, but not limited to, Wired, MIT Tech Review, NPR, Fortune, and the Atlantic. He is the creator of the first BCI NFTs, available on OpenSea. You can connect with Nathan on Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin.

00:00 | Intro

0:14 | Neurotech Pub Episode 13: BCI Pioneers Part I

0:47 | Neurotech Pub Episode 10: Business Models in Neurotech

1:30 | BCI & Identity

1:30 | New Yorker - Do Brain Implants Change Your Identity?

2:09 | The Utah Array (Blackrock Neurotech)

16:05 | Learn more about Hector in Part 1

Image Courtesy of Jan Scheuermann. Reproduced with permission.

17:14 | Talking Form Factors

17:20 | Jan’s Halloween costume in the lab

Image Courtesy of Jan Scheuermann. Reproduced with permission.

18:36 | CerePlex System

22:36 | Support Systems in BCI Adoption

38:35 | Get in Touch

38:54 | The Ian Burkhart Foundation

39:13 | Book Ian as a speaker

39:25 | North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (NASCIC)

40:04 | Where to find Ian

40:19 | Contact Nathan

40:25 | Nathan on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter

40:32 | Nathan's NFTs on OpenSea

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