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The rapidly changing world of neural interfaces

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The Royal Society YouTube channel


This event is part of a series of lightning lectures for the Royal Society’s 2021 Summer Science digital showcase.

Brain interface, artificial intelligence. Image credit: pixabay

As global technology advances at a rapid rate, the race is on to develop new and commercially available neural, or brain-computer, interfaces. Allowing direct communication between a brain and an external device, companies such as Neuralink, Kernel and NIRX have all thrown their hats into the ring.

From devices that can read thoughts for hands free typing and computer control to interfaces that can evaluate emotions, these developments could have a huge impact on how we interact with technology and also each other. Dr Adrien Rapeaux explores the current landscape by looking at recent advances in these technologies as well as the potential impact they could have on our future.


  • Dr Adrien Rapeaux, Research Associate, Imperial College London 

Attending this event online

  • The event will be livestreamed on the Royal Society YouTube channel on Thursday 8 July 2021 at 1.30pm BST 
  • The event will also be available afterwards on our YouTube channel 
  • This event is suitable for ages 14+
  • This event is free to join and there is no registration required 
  • Live subtitles will be available 
  • Part of Summer Science 2021
  • Share on social media using #SummerScience 
  • For all enquiries contact

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