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Published on Mar 15, 2015
While 20th century medicine has relied on pharmaceuticals, it is likely the 21st century will leverage “electroceuticals.” By understanding our body’s electrical system and using tools like brain pacemakers and memory augmenting prosthetics to regulate the activity of neurons, we may repair faulty wiring in our brains and even rewire our minds. Today, with open-source hardware and software, you can build your own mind control gadgets at home. With a simple kit, anyone can hack a cockroach's brain and steer it around a room. During SXSW 2015, IEEE explored how these feats are accomplished and talked about the science behind brain hacking in this unconventional discussion featuring Joel Murphy (Open BCI), Tim Marzullo (Backyard Brains), Eliza Strickland (IEEE Spectrum) and Brent Williams (Kennesaw State University).