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Silicon Valley Monthly Lunch

  • Baylands Cafe 1875 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)


  • $22 for talk and lunch. Without registration, you will not be served lunch.

  • $5 for talk only.

Registration deadline: 12 PM on the Tuesday preceding the talk. If you miss the deadline, please pay $5 at the door and you may choose to order food from Baylands Café.

"Neurotechnology: Hype and Reality" by Jack Gallant

Brain disorders and diseases are estimated to cost about 10% of GDP every year. Ameliorating brain disorders would have a dramatic impact on the economy and on the quality of life for affected individuals and their families.

 The traditional method for addressing brain disorders is through biomedicine and drug therapies. However, in recent years new approaches have been proposed that leverage technical developments in the computer hardware and software industries to create new methods for reading information from the brain and for writing information into the brain. Beyond their potential use in medicine, these technologies also have potential applications for consumers. For example, any non-invasive method for reading information from the brain could serve as a powerful brain-computer interface. For this reason, established technology players have made substantial investments in neurotechnology, and dozens of new startups focus specifically in this area.

In his talk, he will review the neurotechnology landscape, discuss the factors that limit development and deployment of these technologies, and speculate about future prospects for this field. I will organize these technologies along three main axes: invasive versus non-invasive approaches, brain reading versus brain writing, and medical versus consumer applications. He will also discuss likely timelines for development of various neurotechnologies.

Jack Gallant, PhD is Chancellor’s Professor and Class of 1940 Chair at UC Berkeley. He is affiliated with the departments of Psychology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, along with the programs in Bioengineering, Biophysics, Neuroscience and Vision Science. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and did post-doctoral work at CalTech and Washington University Medical School. His research program focuses on development, application and computational modeling of neurotechnologies that can be applied to the human brain. Further information about ongoing work, links to talks and papers and links to online interactive brain viewers can be found at the lab web page:

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