Andrew Mangan ’18 is publishing his first book on Tuesday, September 25. It's titled "Plugged In: How Mind Machine Interfaces Will Transform the World". Mangan has been working on this 200-page nonfiction book for the past nine months and is extremely excited to share it with his friends and family. The book focuses on the burgeoning world of brain-computer interfaces, a field that Mangan was interested in after learning about the role it plays in spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Mangan, who suffered a spinal cord injury in late 2016, was initially paralyzed from the shoulders down, and has been rehabilitating ever since. Now able to walk unsupported, Mangan is extremely grateful for the recovery he has had so far. “Brain-computer interfaces, and neurotechnology on a larger scale, hold so many crucial keys to unlocking the answers to many of the worst diseases.” Mangan explained, “From Parkinson’s to ALS and stroke survivors, this technology coupled with the wider applications of artificial intelligence really has so much potential.”
Mangan is currently studying at Canisius Kolleg, a German Jesuit high school in Berlin, Germany as a part of the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange, a State Department and Bundestag funded program that allows 250 Americans to study in Germany for a year. Mangan is working to master the German language and is living with a host family while there. After his year abroad, Mangan will be attending Stanford University where he hopes to study Computer Engineering and Psychology.
The book is available to order on Amazon here.
Andrew in Hamburg, Germany.