This is the start of our learning blog for the course: Structure and operation of the human brain. As both of us (Eero and Sam) are coming from non-bio backgrounds, this will be an interesting journey for both of us, learning all the cool stuff going on in the brain. Even though we may not be experts in brain functions after this course, we will hopefully have a better understanding of it, and hopefully we will be able to understand brain related scientific breakthroughs better than before.
I, Eero, have my background in electrical engineering with strong influence coming from product development. My interest in to the brain arose after reading an article about Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface startup, Neuralink. (Article: https://waitbutwhy.com/2017/04/neuralink.html . I highly suggest it to anybody who is interested in brain-machine interfaces.) Even further, when Neuralink published what they had been working on, it really struck me that the brain will open up as a whole new industrial and commercial platform for products and functions we now may only dream of. Thus, I think it is important for a future product developer to be able to at least understand the basics of brain structure and operations. It may not be that I become an expert in the field, but as long as I understand the basics and know what could be possible, it opens up a possibility to me to be part of developing this cool future that awaits us.
Here is the stream of the Neuralink launch event for those who are interested in the cutting edge development of brain related tech: https://youtu.be/r-vbh3t7WVI