Moving moments: Analysing brain signals to let a patient control his arm | The Economist

DURING a 250km (150-mile) bike ride for charity in Ohio, William Kochevar found himself cycling behind a post-office van when it pulled over to make deliveries. Distracted and tired, Mr Kochevar did not brake in time. The accident, in 2006, left him paralysed from the shoulders down.

Slaves to the algorithm: can coders create a dancefloor banger?

Algorithms get a bad press. Once an obscure computing term for a sequence of steps, the word has acquired a sinister connotation in the era of Big Data. We imagine algorithms enmeshing us, invisibly shaping our behaviour as they process information about us.

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