If you are a fan of sci-fi movies, you surely have seen films where the hero connects himself to a computer network and hack the network with the power of his brain. Brain Computer Interface is a technology which is already available and in use.
One of the areas is prostatic limbs where this technology is used. A person who has lost his arm or foot gets a prostatic one, the arm or foot is then connected to the nerve system. A person who gets this type of arm or foot can control his prostatic body part with his brain.
The example above is far from what is available in the market even in the mainstream market. Of course, the technology is available in SSP and is much more advanced than what is known to the public, however, that is another story.
In an article published on 30 July 2019 at nature.com explain the result of a research done by Facebook Reality Labs and UCSF in the field of BCI (Brain Computer Interface)
The researchers at Facebook tech are aiming to achieve real-time decoding of the brain with a speed of 100 words per minute. This hope is demonstrated by a proof of concept where an implanted electrode is used in a patient with speech loss. The researchers hope that UCSF’s work will open new possibilities for their development of the decoding algorithms. The hope for the final product is a fully non-invasive, wearable device.
To be honest, it is kind of scary to think ones thought could be read and translated but on the other hand people with a speech problem would have grate use of this technology. Of course, it is not only people who have a speech problem who can benefit from this technical achievement, but there are also tons of other application. First things come to mind is the military application of this technology. A remotely controlled airplane is one of them.
Are we on our way to a world where there are no barriers between the integration of human consciousness and machines? The film industry is putting this idea in peoples head more and more. I just recalled the movie “Ghost in the shell”. I will not spoil the movie for you if you haven’t seen it but basically, it is about humans with different advanced biomechanical parts.
A while ago I wrote an article about “Google search with the help of chip in the brain“. How would humanity look like in 50 years? Are we all forced to implant a biomechanical part in our body in order to be able to work or use the services provided by society?
Somehow it has become acceptable in society to use any technology. Do you remember when cellular phones entered the market? There were many voices and concerns about the radiation these devices have on the human body. Today we are surrounded by all kind of devices which radiated different waves. No one seems to be complaining about anything. This is either due to the fact that devices are shielded better which I doubt it, because no matter how much you shield a device, if the purpose is to send wave, it is no use, or it has become more common to use electronic.
If you think about it, anything you put enough advertisement for it, it becomes normal for people. Of course, this has to be done gradually.
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