Tuesday, June 7, 2016

If you can't beat them... (part 2)

The term neural lace was first coined by novelist Iain M. Banks, and it was intended to describe a mesh that conforms to the brain in order to allow the programming of neurons. Even though this concept was originally science fiction, there is a basis in actual science. In 2015, a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology detailed how a flexible circuit was injected into the brains of living mice—the circuit is actually capable of interacting with neurons. Technology also exists to allow users of robotic prosthetics to activate and manipulate their artificial limbs with their minds. We are not far from extending these technologies to the common public someday, where making a cell phone call might be as simple as a thought and turning the volume up or down little more than momentary intent. Yet how tapped in do we really want our brains to be with technology? What doors will this open, and once open, can they ever be closed again?

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