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Throughout human history we have been captivated by the idea of immortality. From the gods of Greek mythology to the Elves in Lord of the Rings, popular culture is littered with everlasting life. Death is inevitable — and that is what makes immortality such an enticing prospect. Imagine if you could be with your loved ones forever. Or you could travel to every place on the planet — even the universe. Or spend the rest of the eternity eating amazing food in a tropical paradise. Sounds pretty awesome to me.

Extending our life spans through biological means is a thriving…

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, an enormous burden on society that impacts the lives of millions across the globe on a daily basis. Discovering a “cure for cancer” is often seen as the ultimate challenge for medical science. We have made remarkable progress in treating many cancers — the median survival time after diagnosis increasing from just one year in the 1970s to ten years by 2011 — yet we have barely scratched the surface of what is possible. In 2019, the worldwide market for cancer therapeutics was valued at $167.9 billion by The Business Research…

Imagine a world where the countless millions who suffer from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD could have a few simple therapy sessions that permanently remove the shackles of their disease, allowing them, for the first time maybe, to live their life to its full potential. Or one where a pill could make you 10% more creative, more energetic, or more focussed. Imagine what humanity could achieve if, across the world, scientific researchers, creative minds, and leading thinkers were able to flip such a psychological switch to unlock new insights. …

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Curing neurodegenerative disease.

Reversing paralysis.

Performing internet searches with nothing but your mind.

Instantly learning a new language.

Today’s science fiction, but thanks to brain-computer interfaces it could be tomorrow’s reality.

Brain-computer interface (BCI) is an umbrella term that describes electronic devices aiming to connect directly with our brains. Electroencephalography (EEG) is perhaps the most rudimentary form of BCI, recording brain activity and allowing the identification of patterns that remain valuable in clinical practice today. Whilst these devices simply record electrical activity, more advanced devices such as cochlear implants, often termed neuroprosthetics, stimulate the brain to restore sensory function. Although…

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