The Brain Electric #357

February 19, 2016

This week, we're looking at the progress we've made toward connecting our minds with machines. We talk with journalist Malcolm Gay about the challenge of creating prosthetics, how close we are to controlling them with our thoughts alone, and his new book "The Brain Electric: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines". We also speak to artist and blogger Amy Davis Roth about Mad Art Cast, a podcast about the intersection of art and science.

Read the companion post on Skepchick.


  • Malcolm Gay
  • Amy Davis Roth

Guest Bios

Malcolm Gay

Malcolm Gay is an arts reporter for The Boston Globe, where he covers visual and performing arts. He previously worked as a contributing writer at The New York Times and the critic-at-large for Riverfront Times, where he reviewed visual and performing arts. His writing has also appeared in Wired, The Atlantic, and TIME, among other publications. Named an Alicia Patterson Fellow in 2013, he has received numerous national journalism awards, including top honors from the James Beard Foundation and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. "The Brain Electric", which details the race among top neuroscientists to merge the mind with machines, is his first book.

Amy Davis Roth

Amy Davis Roth (A.K.A. Surly Amy) is the creator of Surley-Ramics and a 4th generation multimedia artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. Her designer jewelry line is inspired by and encourages science, humanism, atheism and critical thinking. Amy is a longtime contributor to the widely popular blog, and is the managing editor for Skepchick's sister site “Mad Art Lab”, which deals with the intersection between art, science and skepticism.

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