Scientists: Everybody Will Want Brain Chips That Offer Them “Limitless Power”
Scientists at Caltech reported Thursday 21 May, that they had developed an implantable chip that gave a tetraplegic man, Erik G. Sorto, the power to drink beer with a robot arm.
This is just the beginning. Researchers are working on all manner of silicon-based devices that go inside the body and manipulate the body’s signals to create motion.
They believe these chips will not only be able to help those with paralysis one day — but also usher in a new era of robot adjuncts controlled by someone’s thoughts that will be able to perform all manner of jobs from lifting dangerous objects to filing papers.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, two scholars contend “brain implants today are where laser eye surgery was several decades ago.”
Gary Marcus, a professor of psychology at New York University and Christof Koch, chief science of the Allen Brain Institute for Brain Science in Seattle wonder: What would you give for a retinal chip that let you see in the dark or for a next-generation cochlear implant that let you hear any conversation in a noisy restaurant, no matter how loud?
Or for a memory chip, wired directly into your brain’s hippocampus, that gave you perfect recall of everything you read?
Or for an implanted interface with the Internet that automatically translated a clearly articulated silent thought (“the French sun king”) into an online search that digested the relevant Wikipedia page and projected a summary directly into your brain? (READ MORE)