Electroencephalogram Controlled Rehabilitative Exoskeleton / The Struggle Over Biological Modification in the USA

LaRow, William, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Sun, Sarah, EN-Mech & Aero Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Biological modification can serve numerous practical needs, such as in medicine and agriculture. Wearable robotics can assist patients with neuromuscular disorders or paralysis, and contribute to their rehabilitation. To investigate such an interface, an electroencephalogram (EEG) device was connected to a convolutional neural network (CNN) to read signals from the brain to control external robotic systems. How do critics of biological engineering try to restrict it? Critics of bioengineering in medicine and agriculture promote fear and distrust of bioengineered products, including genetically modified crops and bioengineered vaccines. Given long and recurrent histories of expert innovations that ultimately proved harmful, conditional distrust of such innovations is not unreasonable. When communities are represented in the research and development process, when their advice is adopted, and when their misgivings are attended to, such resistance can be averted and indeed give way to community support.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
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