Read the article at the Seattle Times here.
“While markets crashed and investors sobbed, certified genius Yoky Matsuoka and 140 of her friends were … brainstorming how to make the region a world center for neural engineering.
“Their efforts could make Seattle the hub for developing brain-controlled robotic systems that may someday help amputees, stroke victims and people with spinal-cord injuries. Think of the ‘Bionic Man’ or the prosthetic hands used by Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in ‘Star Wars.’
“Matsuoka is researching this sort of thing at the University of Washington. She’s also leading efforts to create a research institute – the Pacific Northwest Center for Neural Engineering – focused on the intersection of robotics and neuroscience.”