Closing the Loop

The Human-Machine Interface and the Race to Turn Thought into Motion

Male mechanical engineer attaches prosthetic arm against a blurred background of computer tables
Photo by THISisENGINEERING, Unsplash RAEng

The griddle overheats, and a skittering of hot oil pops from pan to skin. The combined sensation of heat and pain trigger a natural reaction; I jerk my hand away, and instinctively put the offended knuckle in my mouth. Two and half seconds, maybe less, but thousands of firing neurons: Hot, a sensation I feel, and which…

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Brandy L Schillace

Brandy L Schillace

(skil-AH-chay) Author in #history, #science, & #medicine. Bylines: SciAm, Globe&Mail, WIRED, WSJ. EIC Medical Humanities. Host of Peculiar Book Club. she/her