- Michael O’Shea
‘Broken brain’ explains the convergence of neuroscience and the physical sciences in the twenty-first century and beyond. The brain does not work like a normal computer, and there is currently a drive to make computer science more organic — either artificially or in concert with neurons themselves — in order to develop better artificial intelligence. In medicine, scientists are aiming to integrate replacements for missing sensory or motor units into the human brain, or to fix defective neural processing in otherwise healthy bodies. Another strand of research is into the mechanisms of brain repair, which would eliminate the need for prosthetics altogether.