Many people with neurological and mental conditions could find hope in new technology to interface with the human brain. The field is known as neurotechnology or neurotech.
This technology is already being used for many things. Human-brain interfaces are already being used to reduce the tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease. Preliminary research shows that this technology could also be used to help curb memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
However, there are other neurotech companies trying to make a human brain interface. For example, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the Department of Defense, is working on a computer that can interface with up to one million neurons to the tune of $60 million. Today’s brain tech only connects to a few hundred neurons; whereas, this connects to millions. As the Wall Street Journal reports:
“A fully functional brain-computer interface on this scale would, in theory, turn a person into a programmable, debuggable machine—just like a computer.”
Think of the scene from the Matrix where Neo learns kung-fu from a simple download. This technology could be used to fix many different conditions, which usually have to be fixed with medicine or therapy or training or all of the above.
Bryan Johnson, head of the neurotech startup Kernel, said:
“I consider this to be the most important thing we could be working on in the human race. The brain is the master tool. Everything else is downstream: health, climate science, governance, education, love—everything.”
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