Dr. Ramses Alcaide is the CEO and Founder of Neurable, a Loup Ventures portfolio company focused on non-invasive BCI. Ramses earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.
Top 3 Takeaways.
- Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) allow for human intent to act as an new input to computers. With knowledge of intent, information is only given to a user when it is wanted and actions of a computer only happen when desired.
- Hardware for non-invasive BCI will continue to have better performance and decrease in physical size, improving BCI experiences in the future.
- Applying the technology to non-invasive BCI solutions is arguably harder than invasive solutions given challenges around processing noisy, limited signal, but the opportunity to impact live sooner is worth the challenge.
- [1:08] Ramses shares his background and how he became interested in Neurotech.
- [2:46] Ramses talks about Neurable’s early prototype and where the product is today.
- [3:33] Neurable (and Loup Ventures) sees augmented and virtual reality as the next frontier for human interaction.
- [4:12] Ramses shares the long-term picture for Neurable and the importance for natural interfaces on tomorrow’s devices.
- [5:34] Human intent as an input.
- [6:10] Ramses walks through the differences he sees in input technologies for BCI.
- [7:50] How BCI hardware will change over the next few years.
- [8:53] The future of BCI in consumer hardware and where the next major growth opportunities are.
- [10:07] Pathway for hardware integration for current device manufacturers.
- [11:11] Invasive vs non-invasive BCI systems.
- [15:36] Data privacy and it’s relationship with BCI.
- [17:23] Ramses’ favorite book – Pattern Master by Octavia Butler.
- Neurable Website
- Neurable X Siggraph Video
- A Game You Can Control With Your Mind – NY Times
- Pattern Master by Octavia Butler
- Episode 001 – Dr. Michael Merzenich
- Episode 002 – Jeff Hawkins
- Episode 003 – Dr. Mikhail Lebedev
- Episode 004 – Gaurav Sharma
- Episode 005 – Ian Stevenson & Konrad Kording
- Episode 006 – Dr. Stephen Rainey
- Episode 007 – Chad Bouton
- Episode 008 – Ian Burkhart
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