I'm in my undergrad and am interested in brain-computer interfacing, but the field is still very new and undetermined.
My hope is to be at the forefront of the field of BCI and be in a position where I can contribute to research. In particular, I want to develop a BCI that serves some cognitive purpose and is actually suitable for human use (though it doesn't have to be a consumer product). To this end, after I graduate, should I pursue academia or industry?
A big con with the academia option seems to be that academics have to cater to journals for funding instead of pursuing what they want. Also, presumably in academia I wouldn't be able to try and develop an device: I'd likely have to stop just short of the development stage, which is why I lean towards industry. Is this the correct conclusion?
I use "I" a lot here, but I understand that my goal won't be realized without the help of many others. I know very little about academia and even less about industry, so any advice or insight whatsoever is greatly appreciated!