For more than a decade, scientist and entrepreneur Jeff Stibel’s company BrainGate has been developing ways to connect the human brain directly to computers.
But Stibel doesn’t think the world is ready for his technology, because of the potential for abuse. So he’s giving away the company.
Stibel is donating BrainGate to his alma mater, Tufts University, complete with more than a dozen patents covering the company’s work in brain-computer interfaces, the parties announced Thursday. He is also endowing two professorships at the school to lead a research program that will further develop the BrainGate technology, while grappling with its ethical challenges.
“I want to make sure, given my science background, that we’re focused on doing good and not harm,” said Stibel, cofounder of venture capital firm Bryant Stibel, whose partners included the late basketball star Kobe Bryant.
BrainGate is based on research conducted at Brown University, where Stibel earned
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