Can technology that reads our brains help us better understand interactions with others?- Issue 37: CogX – Health & Epidemiology Briefing

Future of Health

Scientists are demonstrating new and exciting ways to control very specific regions of the brain. In a first-of-its-kind experiment, implanting a novel wireless device into the brains of mice, scientists have been able to program their social interactions. When they turned the implants off, the mice stopped socialising.

“We now have the technology to investigate how bonds form and break between individuals in these groups…” said one of the lead researchers. Can this brain experiment, or even the brain-reading headphones mentioned below, help us better understand ourselves, and our social interaction with others?



P.S. Our festival partner, NHS AI Lab is looking for candidates to apply to develop a validation study using the NHSX National COVID-19 Chest Imaging Database (NCCID). Find out more here.

P.P.S. Watch ‘Big brother and big boss: is surveillance in the workplace the new normal?’ with Andrew Pakes and Carissa Veliz at CogX Festival 2021.

P.P.P.S. Get your free virtual pass to CogX Festival 2021 today! Apply our code: COGX21NEWSHEALTHSVPand use: COGX21NEWSHEALTHfor 50% off any festival pass. Sign up now!

P.P.P.P.S. Just 2 days left to submit a nominee for the CogX Awards 2021. Submit your nominations now!


Brain activity in an isolated animal is interesting, but going beyond research on individuals to studies of complex, socially interacting groups is one of the most important and exciting frontiers in neuroscience,” says John A. Rogers, who led the technology development remote controlling the social interactions of mice.

Read more (Futurism)


Will waiving patents for Covid-19 vaccines boost global supplies? It’s an idea pushed by India, South Africa and many campaigners: that lifting the IP protections on covid-19 vaccines would boost supplies by allowing the vaccines to be made in greater numbers, in more countries. The New Scientist looks at the case.

Read more (New Scientist)

Exclusive subscriber offer: Get 50% off any in-person pass for CogX Festival 2021!

Join us on 14th-16th June for physical stages and networking with all virtual and in-person attendees.

Claim yours today



These headphones have dry electrodes in the ear cushions which, when wearing them over your ears, enable the headphones to read your brain waves. And learning how your brain functions, like when you have become distracted, can help you better perform in the future.

Read more (Forbes)


The NHS AI Lab is looking for candidates to apply to develop a validation study using the NHSX National COVID-19 Chest Imaging Database (NCCID). Selected candidates will be supported in developing a validation study to assess the performance of their AI algorithm. Visit here for more information and to apply.

Read more (NHSx)

Exclusive subscriber offer: Free Standard Virtual Pass to CogX Festival 2021

Join us for the 5th annual edition of the Global Leadership Summit and Festival of
AI & Transformational Technology addressing the question:

“How do we get the next 10 years right?”

Sign up today.

14th-16th June



Are humans already turning into cyborgs? This article looks at whether  we are becoming  human-machine hybrids that are heavily dependent on information flowing from the Internet. If smartphone use is any indication, is there cause for worry?

Read more (VentureBeat)


recent report from The Markup’s Citizen Browser project has shown Facebook’s extensive data gathering allows Big Pharma to exploit sensitive information relating to illnesses for targeted ads. This piece investigates further.

Read more (Interesting Engineering)


Tell us by sharing it with your network.

Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in Future Health

Related Articles