May 16, 2024

Meta Faces Fresh Probe Over ‘Addictive’ Effect on Kids

(Wired) – The European Union has opened an investigation into Facebook and Instagram for the platforms’ potentially addictive effects on children, echoing two similar probes opened into TikTok earlier this year. Meta-owned platforms will be investigated for their addictive and … Read More

May 16, 2024

Neuralink’s First Patient: ‘It Blows My Mind So Much’

(Bloomberg) – For the first time, Noland Arbaugh explains how Elon Musk’s brain implant, which allows him to control a computer with his thoughts, has changed his life. Noland Arbaugh still doesn’t quite know what happened. He doesn’t know many … Read More

May 15, 2024

As the FDA Evaluates Ecstasy Treatment for PTSD, Questions Mount About the Evidence

(NPR) – Clinical trials have inspired optimism in the drug for its potential to help the millions of Americans who experience PTSD. Accounts from some of those who’ve participated in the trials describe the treatment as transformational. But new and … Read More

May 9, 2024

Neuralink’s First Brain-Chip Implant in a Human Appeared Flawless. There Was a Problem.

(Wall Street Journal) – Neuralink encountered a problem with the implant in its first human patient, Noland Arbaugh, that reduced the amount of data it could capture from his brain, according to a blog post the company published on Wednesday. … Read More

May 6, 2024

A Lawyer’s Slide Into Psychosis Was Captured in a WSJ Profile. He Tells Us His Story.

(Wall Street Journal) – “I did want to leave the hospital, and I did not want to take the medications,” Rob said. Rob’s situation isn’t that uncommon. Doctors said his behavior is consistent with anosognosia, a neurological condition in patients … Read More

April 30, 2024

US Poised to Ease Restrictions on Marijuana in Historic Shift, But It’ll Remain Controlled Substance

(Associated Press) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will move to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, The Associated Press has learned, a historic shift to generations of American drug policy that could have wide ripple effects across the … Read More

April 30, 2024

China Has a Controversial Plan for Brain-Computer Interfaces

(Wired) – China’s brain-computer interface technology is catching up to the US. But it envisions a very different use case: cognitive enhancement. At a tech forum in Beijing last week, a Chinese company unveiled a “homegrown” brain-computer interface that allowed … Read More