Many words said about emerging technology and its assessment. In order not to be overwhelmed with terminology and magazine-like bla-bla-bla, lets just drill to definitions. The need for clarity here is linked to the infancy state of the BCI industry and the absence of a technology roadmap.
According to the FBNCI Project, 2011, in order to be considered as a BCI, 4 criteria must be met. Generally speaking, the user chooses to perform a mental task, should be aiming at sending a command or message for each time the device is used.
- The device must rely on direct measures of brain activity
- The system has to rely on intentional control
- The device must provide feedback to the user
- The device should work real time
Apart from that, if we look forward to evaluating the emerging tech, lets just check Harper-named criteria
- Arise from new knowledge, or the innovative application of existing knowledge
- Lead to the rapid development of new capabilities
- Are projected to have significant systemic and long-lasting economic, social and political impacts
- Create new opportunities for and challenges to addressing global issues
- Have the potential to disrupt or create entire industries