Hacking your stuff with consumer-grade EEG…

Apparently those fancy consumer-electronic EEG machines can be used for more than enhancing your personal growth….the report is here, hat tip to Bruce Schneier.

This brings up the larger question of how society will respond to the Makerization of Brain-Machine interfaces. Looking for analogies, the availability of consumer genomics seems to be going pretty well–although what happens when garage-lab DYI-types start trying to produce their own GM-crops remains to be seen!

Sue Halpern’s book review/essay on mind and the internet

It’s here. May be behind a firewall for some of our readers. The three books reviewed are:

World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet
by Michael Chorost                                                  
Free Press, 242 pp., $26.00
The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You
by Eli Pariser                                                  
Penguin, 294 pp., $25.95
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
by Jaron Lanier                                                  
Vintage, 240 pp., $15.00 (paper)

I haven’t read any of these yet, but probably will. In any case, Halpern’s review is really excellent, both for its neuroscientific sophistication and for its healthy skepticism about the future of the brain-machine interface.