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Beyond Boundaries

The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines - and How It Will Change Our Lives
Lu par : Patrick Egan
Durée : 14 h et 40 min

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A pioneering neuroscientist shows how the long-sought merger of brains with machines is about to become a paradigm-shifting reality. 

Imagine living in a world where people use their computers, drive their cars, and communicate with one another simply by thinking. In this stunning and inspiring work, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis shares his revolutionary insights into how the brain creates thought and the human sense of self - and how this might be augmented by machines, so that the entire universe will be within our reach. 

Beyond Boundaries draws on Nicolelis's ground-breaking research with monkeys that he taught to control the movements of a robot located halfway around the globe by using brain signals alone. Nicolelis's work with primates has uncovered a new method for capturing brain function - by recording rich neuronal symphonies rather than the activity of single neurons. His lab is now paving the way for a new treatment for Parkinson's, silk-thin exoskeletons to grant mobility to the paralyzed, and breathtaking leaps in space exploration, global communication, manufacturing, and more. 

Beyond Boundaries promises to reshape our concept of the technological future, to a world filled with promise and hope.

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©2011 Miguel Nicolelis (P)2011 Random House

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  • Lynn
  • 24/04/2011

The Lame Will Walk

Miguel Nicolelis, a Duke University neuroscientist, is a leader in brain-machine-interface research. He has produced in “Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines – and How It Will Change Our Lives” a history of neuroscience and a description of the research in the field. In particular, he describes his work with rats and then monkeys which have been able to manipulate robots through the use of their brains – alone. Others have been involved in such research and their work is aptly displayed for the reader and placed into context. This research holds great promise for use with humans particularly having muscular disability. Immediately, I could see the use of this technology with light exoskeletons which would help individuals to walk or use their arms without help. The history of neuroscience may be a little much for those just encountering the field. However, I think that almost anyone can follow Nicolelis’ story and descriptions of his work. This is cutting edge research and Nicolelis allows the uninitiated a window on what is coming to be. The reading is exactly what you have come to expect from Patrick Egan – wonderful.

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  • Adolfo Neto
  • 03/05/2011

Awesome book, magnificent narration

An awesome book by a brilliant Brazilian neuroscientist.

The narrator has a beautiful voice. It is easy to understand even the most difficult neuroscience terms.

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  • Vickie
  • 02/07/2011

Not my favorite narrator

The narrator's declamation was a bit pompous. Greatly hindered my enjoyment of the book.

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  • David Everling
  • 09/04/2011

Great science book, decent reader

A neuroscience memoir of thought-provoking work, experimental brain interfaces and thought control tests told through the lens of Nicolelis' own academic history and Brazilian based life story.

The book offers specific and compelling evidence for not only controlling robotic systems remotely, but also for how our brain is naturally built to incorporate external apparatus and sense data directly into the body map and further into the sense of self, for brain connected robotics that restore the ability to walk to the paralyzed, for thought-based personal interaction, and even for direct brain to brain connections that create literal brain networks and a higher order of complexity.

Very inspiring concrete experiments to shake some of these formerly sci-fi concepts loose from their intermediate fiction. Indeed the specifics of the experimental methods are sharp enough to be double-edged, disengaging from the overall visionary narrative to bring the reader back down into the due diligence of science and Nicolelis' experience as researcher and academic, which, while important to establish the validity of the book's premise, are less accessible than the grand ideas described in the preceding paragraph. Still, Nicolelis does it right by interspersing anecdotes of Brazilian football matches or personal history to keep the book moving.

With regard to the audiobook Patrick Egan reads the book well for the most part, though I found a few phrasings lacking in what I think was the author's tonal intent, and in particular I often found myself wishing Mr. Egan would quicken his pace somewhat (though the slower reading during the technically dense material was quite appropriate).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17/01/2012

Narrator painfull to listen to!

Would you try another book from Miguel Nicolelis and/or Patrick Egan?

Miguel, may be a genius, however, I'll have to actually read this book in paper or digital format. Patrick Egan's narration was painful for me to listen to. Usually I can find some redeeming value in even the most challenging narrator, but in this case I had to stop listening.

Has Beyond Boundaries turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love this genre

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Dry, over enunciated, and a bit pompous, are a few adjectives I'd use to describe the narration

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beyond Boundaries?

Couldn't get past the first narrated chapter. I'll let you know after I read the book.

Any additional comments?

What more can I say?

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  • Ryan
  • 20/05/2018

The Narrator is perfect for accelerated listening.

I've seen complaints about the speech patterns of the narrator, and I think they feel slow if listening at normal speed, but I would like to see more narration like this because I like to speed up the books as I listen. with this narrator I could accelerate comfortably to 1.4-1.5X and still feel confident in comprehension.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27/02/2017

A lot of work for little payoff

Couldn't stand the narrator. You don't need to ennunciate every syllable like it's the most important thing you've ever said. The runtime of the book could likely have been half as long or less, which would have suited the content better.

The author adds his own contribution to the unnecessary plod of this book. Very little on the actual topic, just a hasty single chapter at the end, and padded again and again with irrelevant, egocentric anecdotes. He is essentially recounting his own work and nothing else, the most important of which is really just two papers that you can read in an hour. Essentially this is a 14 hour press release, and while other books on neuroscience are likely the same they may be less painful to listen to.

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  • J. A.
  • 30/07/2016

Interesting, illuminating history and theories

Would you listen to Beyond Boundaries again? Why?

While the writer's attempts to make a scientific field more personal with humor and anecdotes mostly fell flat or were distracting rather than illuminating, the overall description of the history, theory, as well as the experiments. more than made up for those bad bits of writing. It's not just a book of hopeful speculation, but provides insights into current achievements and practical applications of the theory. Great stuff.

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  • Kenny
  • 10/04/2013

Hopeful and inspiring

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Miguel Nicolelis' describing the implications of BMI's and BMBI's was so eloquent and romantic. I couldn't help myself from yelping in joy while I was listening to his book. I was very moved and I truly hope the future of neuro tech unfolds as Dr. Nicolelis prescribes. Amazing work!!! And Patrick Egan was awesome! A definite must for those who are optimistic about the future of technology and society. As for those cynics, you should listen too! Dr. Nicolelis provides an excellent argument for his stance. Great piece of work!

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  • Jack Frasier
  • 09/02/2019

great info on brain machine interfaces

wordy but thorough intriguing and full of anecdotes about owl monkeys who play video games and drink fruit juice