Increasing
Agency with Brain Computer Interfaces

Blackrock Neurotech and Agency Enterprise are now collaborating to bring best-in-class software and hardware to BCIs.
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AE Takes First Place in the NLB Challenge!

We are thrilled to congratulate AE’s data science team on their victory in the first phase of neural latents benchmark challenge (NLB), topping the leaderboard in every category! AE reinvested its prize money to sponsor a successful phase II of NLB Challenge and offered cloud computing grants to participating teams. This is the first step on a long journey, and every participant will play a part. We are playing ours, Contact us to learn more!

Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) are the hardware and software that allow information to flow directly between brains and computing devices (computers, smartphones, robots, electrical simulators of limbs, etc.)

The hardware reads brain activity from electrical signals, blood flow, or other features that reflect the underlying brain activity. The software reveals patterns in those signals, interprets those patterns, and converts them into commands a computer can understand.

Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) are the hardware and software that allow information to flow directly between brains and computing devices (computers, smartphones, robots, electrical simulators of limbs, etc.) The hardware reads brain activity from electrical signals, blood flow, or other features that reflect the underlying brain activity. The software reveals patterns in those signals, interprets those patterns, and converts them into commands a computer can understand.

brain computer interface
brain computer interface

Want to discuss BCI or simply learn more about AE?

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

We are developing the software component of BCI. Specifically, we are developing machine learning algorithms to interpret brain activity (neural decoding) and a real-time decoding system.

Our mission is to create software that increases human agency. No unwanted neurofeedback, “neuromarketing”, or hacking. Seamless natural transitions between thoughts and improves understanding of self. We aim to inspire the future tech giants to place human agency at the center of their objectives; it’s good for people and good long-term business.

We collaborate with research groups around the world to advance the state of the art and maximize the positive impact of BCI.

We are reading, writing, discussing, and planning the implications of BCI within our optimistic, longtermist view of society.

We are hiring talented machine learning engineers and neuroscientists to help increase human agency in ways we have not yet imagined.

neural decoder software
neural decoder software

We are developing the software component of BCI. Specifically, we are developing machine learning algorithms to interpret brain activity (neural decoding) and a real-time decoding system.

Our mission is to create software that increases human agency. No unwanted neurofeedback, “neuromarketing”, or hacking. Seamless natural transitions between thoughts and improves understanding of self. We aim to inspire the future tech giants to place human agency at the center of their objectives; it’s good for people and good long-term business.

We collaborate with research groups around the world to advance the state of the art and maximize the positive impact of BCI.

We are reading, writing, discussing, and planning the implications of BCI within our optimistic, longtermist view of society.

We are hiring talented machine learning engineers and neuroscientists to help increase human agency in ways we have not yet imagined.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

improving agency

Humans have deployed technology to increase their agency since the agricultural revolution, at an accelerating pace.

Our relationship with computers has already increased human agency and transcription fluency dramatically. When computers begin responding to our thoughts directly, these effects can be accelerated…if BCI is developed with that intent. Alternatively, BCI could diminish our agency if its creators are narrowly-focused on short-term commercial incentives.

BCI should enhance the agency of its users. If you think dark patterns are bad, imagine interruption of thought with ads that sell neural data to the highest bidder without consent. If BCI is designed like modern technology, we can expect both. We want to nudge the field in the right direction.

Currently, BCI technology is being deployed to restore hearing via cochlear implants, restore use of paralyzed limbs, and to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Despite this potential, it remains a neglected topic with potential restorative and augmentative applications we cannot yet imagine. AE exists to increase human agency and ensure neuroethical principles are maintained as the journey continues.

AE creates technology for organizations, and individuals that want to maximize their agency. As we continue to grow, we will better understand and derive the neuroethical principles needed for the development of the best version of BCI for humanity.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER

improving agency

Humans have deployed technology to increase their agency since the agricultural revolution, at an accelerating pace.

Our relationship with computers has already increased human agency and transcription fluency dramatically. When computers begin responding to our thoughts directly, these effects can be accelerated…if BCI is developed with that intent. Alternatively, BCI could diminish our agency if its creators are narrowly-focused on short-term commercial incentives.

BCI should enhance the agency of its users. If you think dark patterns are bad, imagine interruption of thought with ads that sell neural data to the highest bidder without consent. If BCI is designed like modern technology, we can expect both. We want to nudge the field in the right direction.

Currently, BCI technology is being deployed to restore hearing via cochlear implants, restore use of paralyzed limbs, and to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Despite this potential, it remains a neglected topic with potential restorative and augmentative applications we cannot yet imagine. AE exists to increase human agency and ensure neuroethical principles are maintained as the journey continues.

AE creates technology for organizations, and individuals that want to maximize their agency. As we continue to grow, we will better understand and derive the neuroethical principles needed for the development of the best version of BCI for humanity.

HOW CAN AE HELP US GET THERE?

HOW CAN AE HELP US GET THERE?

We maintain independence and avoid shareholders, venture capital, and private equity (Google’s founders never wanted ads, but their investors did). AE is already a fully-bootstrapped business that has grown from 0 to ~150 with agency-increasing BCI as its ambitious Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal.

We are growing a profitable, longtermist software company, training the best developers, designers, and engineers on the planet (or any other), building agency-increasing products for those clients and ourselves, and investing in altruistic, agency-increasing BCI initiatives. We love funding internal skunkworks projects

We follow the core principles of increasing human agency, rather than short-term financial incentives, A/B testing baby steps, and realizing that we are only 1% as good as we could be.

bci strategy

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Come work with us

If you are an academic researcher looking to improve your neural decoding algorithms or (re)create a real-time decoder, we’re here to help!

If you are a hardware company interested in joining a select list of early adopters using our technology for decoding brain signals using state-of-the art techniques, or want to understand how the data from your hardware can help improve human agency, come talk to us!

If you are a developer or data scientist, excited, curious, or concerned about the future of BCI, join our team!

bci strategy

We maintain independence and avoid shareholders, venture capital, and private equity (Google’s founders never wanted ads, but their investors did). AE is already a fully-bootstrapped business that has grown from 0 to ~100 with agency-increasing BCI as its ambitious Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal.

We are growing a profitable, longtermist software company, training the best developers, designers, and engineers on the planet (or any other), building agency-increasing products for those clients and ourselves, and investing in altruistic, agency-increasing BCI initiatives. We love funding internal skunkworks projects

We follow the core principles of increasing human agency, rather than short-term financial incentives, A/B testing baby steps, and realizing that we are only 1% as good as we could be.

device and human interaction

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Come work with us

If you are an academic researcher looking to improve your neural decoding algorithms or (re)create a real-time decoder, we’re here to help!

If you are a hardware company interested in joining a select list of early adopters using our technology for decoding brain signals using state-of-the art techniques, or want to understand how the data from your hardware can help improve human agency, come talk to us!

If you are a developer or data scientist, excited, curious, or concerned about the future of BCI, join our team!

Want to talk?

Book a free consultation with our team!
We will talk through whatever hard problem you're facing and help you accomplish what lies ahead of you.

Want to talk?

Book a free consultation with our team!
We will talk through whatever hard problem you're facing and help you accomplish what lies ahead of you.