#181 - A world first | Curio

#181 - A world first

19 mins | Apr 5, 2022

Today's episode from 5th April 2022. The future might already be here. We begin the show with an amazing story of how a completely paralysed man has been able to communicate using his thoughts. We explore what this means for those entirely locked-in their bodies. And then later, how you can use the psychology of self-image to transform your habits for good. In a world-first, the man was able to ask for soup, beer, and even talk about his son for the first time since becoming completely paralyzed. Using an approach called 'Neurofeedback', which is different from the electrodes-method championed by Elon Musk's Neuralink, Niels Birbaumer and Ujwal Chaudhary found a way for the man to express complete sentences. For MIT Technology Review, Jessica Hamzelou discovers what implications this discovery could have for other patients unable to communicate and beyond. People don't often realise this, but some might feel distracted or struggle to focus on something because most of their thoughts are already pre-occupied with notions of themselves, who they are and what other people think of them. In this instalment of Nir and Far, Nir Eyal explains how taxing this practice can be and some of the keys to aligning our identity with our behaviour. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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