In About Ten Years, Your Brain Could Be Jacked into A Computer

September 7, 2022
In About Ten Years, Your Brain Could Be Jacked into A Computer

"WHAT IF YOU could type and draw directly from your brain into a computer at the speed of thought" How cool would that be? Or what if you could enter a game and experience the joy ride of a lifetime, without the risk of injury and death? Does this seem too far-fetched to be a reality, well think again?

Do you remember Tron a 1982 American science fiction action adventure where a computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games? I know that's a while back right and I'm probably showing my age by even mentioning it, but it was the coolest thing since sliced bread when I was a wee little boy. Kind of like Ready Player One a 2011 science fiction film, which follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game, the discovery of which would lead him to inherit the game creator's fortune. I loved watching that movie.

The thought of entering into a game excited me then and it still does today.... But the Matrix arguably one of the best Classic Sci‑Fi Action films ever made topped them all! in which it depicts a dystopia future in which reality, as perceived by most humans, is actually a simulated reality called "the Matrix", created by sentient machines to subdue the human population. I remember sitting in the cinema and that first scene where trinity jumped up in the air and the camera span around. That stuck with me to this very day. Although most embarrassing to say, I used to want to be a superhero as a kid, I remember lunching off from the settee into the air many times thinking I would fly, only to land on the hard floor. Lessoned learned. This films types of films really excite and open up the imagination. Let's face it we are all kids at heart. But although the matrix was a film that excited me, the thought of having a direct connection to my brain did not, I must say not. Unless of course, it happened to be some kind of touch device that would not require surgery. Then I would completely be game. And as far-fetched as this concept may seem today. It seems that some of the work on BMI is only now one step away from science fiction.....

I've read that within a decade or so from now, communicating with a computer via connecting your brain to it will be a very routine pastime, with tens of millions of brain-machine interface (BMI) devices being marketed annually.. Now isn't that something?.

"A fascinating field of study with enormous potential is BMIs (Brain Machine Interfaces), which allow for the direct connection of a person's brain to a computer for the purpose of exchanging data or controlling things."

The business Neuralink, which is financed by Elon Musk, and intends to create ultra-high bandwidth "neural lace" devices to connect people and computers, is likely the most well-known one currently working on this subject.

Musk is interested in the idea of mind-brain links for a variety of reasons, one of which is the possibility that such technology may prevent humans from being outclassed by a future super-intelligent artificial intelligence.  The notion is that by using high bandwidth lines to connect our minds directly to the AI, we would at least be able to keep up with the dialogue. Not letting the machines get ahead of us so to speak.

"Kernel’s Bryan Johnson an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, writer and author says if humanity wants to survive AI, it’s got to step up its neural game—with a silicon makeover."

Did you know that Cochlear implants, which give a person who is profoundly deaf or very hard of hearing a feeling of sound, are a more basic version of BMI technology that has been utilized in medicine for years? Visual prostheses, which use an artificial device to recreate a kind of sight, are another developing medical use case.

However, more advanced BMI techniques, such as commanding or interacting with digital avatars or computers, are still in their very early stages.....

Nevertheless, according to tech researcher Juniper Research, the number of BMI devices shipped will increase to 25.6 million by 2030 from a little over 350,000 in 2019 and beyond. It predicts that during that time, BMIs will be put to use in more than just novel medical scenarios, with consumer applications emerging. If the analysts are accurate, it's a smaller number—more specialized than smartwatches are today—but more typical than many would anticipate.

According to the experts, such gadgets would give users the capacity to manipulate virtual reality settings, enhancing the user experience and immersion level as well as perhaps providing wellness features like assisting guided meditation and improving sleep quality.

The first wireless commands to a computer have been demonstrated as a breakthrough for people with paralysis. According to researchers at Brown University in the US, the technology can transmit brain impulses with "single-neuron resolution and in full broadband fidelity."

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