BCI-fi is science fiction that includes BCIs . BCIs are not new in science fiction, and they seem to be increasingly prominent. Here, we used the well-established definition of BCIs from the BCI literature [e.g., 2-5], with the caveat that “passive” BCIs are considered BCIs here . We also use a broad definition of “science fiction” here. Some of the BCI-fi here might be considered drama or romance in which BCIs are not central and might have been replaced with non-technical options without dramatically changing the story.
Our main goals are to promote and discuss BCI-fi. We (wish to) pursue these goals through activities listed below.
What we do
We host bcifi.org.
We write BCI-fi.
We read BCI-fi.
We post and comment on BCI-fi from us and other authors.
We analyze, review, and discuss BCI-fi through different means, including a paper in production.
We organize conferences, symposia, workshops, and other activities devoted to BCI-fi.
We organize an annual contest for BCI-fi.
And more activities!
Andy Weir, author of The Martian.
Dr. Eric Leuthardt, author of Red Devil 4.
Steven Hou, producer of the Neurratives podcast.
Professor Jane Huggins, who’s been in BCI-land about as long as me.
Richard Ramchun, writer and director of brain-controlled films.
Robert Hampson, BCI-fi author and “Six Million Dollar Man” analyst.
Both of The BCI Guys, who make YouTube videos about BCIs.
Pages within bcifi.org with more info
Right now, “us” refers primarily to Dr. Brendan Allison. I’ve approached several colleagues in BCIs who have expressed interest in contributing in different ways. However, this page is still quite young and so I’m working with them to get permission. With two exceptions….
The “# pages” reflects the number of pages in Word.
This site is young. It will have BCI-fi from other authors. I only include work sent to me by the author(s), including myself. Wikipedia has other examples of BCI-fi here.
Longer stories are less dystopian.
<1 page: BitChIng by BZA
1-2 pages: BlaCkmaIl by BZA
<1 page: Bad auCtIon by BZA
<1 page: The General by BZA
13 pages: The Emperor’s Newer Clothes by BZA
~70 pages (Final Draft): ComAware by BZA
 Allison, 2009, Towards Ubiquitous BCIs, p.374.
 Wolpaw, J. R., Birbaumer, N., McFarland, D. J., Pfurtscheller, G., & Vaughan, T. M. (2002). Brain–computer interfaces for communication and control. Clinical neurophysiology, 113(6), 767-791.
 Allison, B. Z., Wolpaw, E. W., & Wolpaw, J. R. (2007). Brain–computer interface systems: progress and prospects. Expert review of medical devices, 4(4), 463-474.
 Wolpaw, J., & Wolpaw, E. (Eds.). (2012). Brain–Computer Interfaces: Principles and Practice: Oxford University Press.
 Nam, C.S., Nijholt, A., & Lotte, F. (Eds.). (2018). Brain–Computer Interfaces Handbook: Technological and Theoretical Advances (1st ed.). CRC Press.
 Zander, T. O. (2008). Enhancing human-machine systems with secondary input from passive brain-computer interfaces. In Proceedings of the 4th International BCI Workshop, 2008 (pp. 44-49).