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009 – Dr. Ramses Alcaide
Audio, Augmented Reality , Neurotech , Neurotech Podcast , Venture Portfolio , Virtual Reality

Dr. Ramses Alcaide is the CEO and Founder of Neurable, a Loup Ventures portfolio company focused on non-invasive BCI. Ramses earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

Top 3 Takeaways.

  1. Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) allow for human intent to act as an new input to computers. With knowledge of intent, information is only given to a user when it is wanted and actions of a computer only happen when desired.
  2. Hardware for non-invasive BCI will continue to have better performance and decrease in physical size, improving BCI experiences in the future.
  3. Applying the technology to non-invasive BCI solutions is arguably harder than invasive solutions given challenges around processing noisy, limited signal, but the opportunity to impact live sooner is worth the challenge.

Show Notes.

  • [1:08] Ramses shares his background and how he became interested in Neurotech.
  • [2:46] Ramses talks about Neurable’s early prototype and where the product is today.
  • [3:33] Neurable (and Loup Ventures) sees augmented and virtual reality as the next frontier for human interaction.
  • [4:12] Ramses shares the long-term picture for Neurable and the importance for natural interfaces on tomorrow’s devices.
  • [5:34] Human intent as an input.
  • [6:10] Ramses walks through the differences he sees in input technologies for BCI.
  • [7:50] How BCI hardware will change over the next few years.
  • [8:53] The future of BCI in consumer hardware and where the next major growth opportunities are.
  • [10:07] Pathway for hardware integration for current device manufacturers.
  • [11:11] Invasive vs non-invasive BCI systems.
  • [15:36] Data privacy and it’s relationship with BCI.
  • [17:23] Ramses’ favorite book – Pattern Master by Octavia Butler.

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