IF YOU'RE a true blue Keanu Reeves fan, you know who Johnny is. But I digress if I talk about that.
Anyway, the days when humans have brain implants to aid in thinking and other brain functions are probably coming soon. This article from The Guardian is an interesting peek into the future. And if you heard Stephen Hawking talk, that also is a small peep hole into what can be.
The more interesting part really is how these implants can be further used. What can humans accomplish with these aids? If you look at it, I’d say that it’s pretty much the same as an exoskeleton slapped onto a soldier to or factory worker so they can go further and farther. A chip in our brains, or at least in mine, could help me with my almost non-existent math skills. There’s also augmentation for what I actually know. Because, you know, knowledge is power. Imagine having access to information in a blink of an eye. You’d be the ultimate, literal know-it-all. And for the husbands and boyfriends out there, there’s no chance of you forgetting your anniversary or your wife’s or special someone’s birthday.
I’m sure you’d agree that the possibilities are endless. And it’s not just about expanding your brain’s usage to data storage. As is the case of Johnny Mnemonic. There’s a possibility that we can actually augment brain power. And no matter how you look at that, it’s a pretty awesome thing to happen.
If it actually happens.
But then again, Elon is jumping in on this niche thing as well with a company called Neuralink. And they already have plans about “linking” the brain to AI. And in that article from Pshycology Today, Musk talked about "Neuralink’s first version, called N1, to what he refers to as the best FDA approved device for deep brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s which has 10 electrodes.”
Aside from all that dreamy skills enhancements I mentioned above, these brain implants have the potential to help treat diseases related to the brain. Of course, these are all very futuristic and, as how Musk put it when he presented about Neuralink, this is about recruiting first. Why recruiting first? Well, because:
To construct a brain-computer interface (BCI), also called a brain-machine interface (BMI), requires uniquely-qualified, hard-to-find domain experts spanning across multiple disciplines such as artificial intelligence (AI), neuroscience, biophysics, robotics, neuroanatomy, medicine, molecular biochemistry, machine learning, electrical engineering, physics, computer vision, microscopy, mathematics, software engineering, data science and more fields to name a few—it is an area where artificial intelligence melds with biology.
Check out Elon’s full presentation in a video below from CNET.