The Bridge: Good news for low and no mobility people (and sci fi nerds!) – brain chips are officially science FACT. This breakthrough isn’t exactly new, but it’s expanding at a mind-numbing (get it?) rate.
Less than a hundred people worldwide have functioning brain-computer interfaces installed, but these folks are able to live with comparative ease. They can scroll the web, make calls, turn lights on and off, and play games – all without having to move a muscle. Instead, the chip installed in the top of the head reads brain signals and sends the messages to their computer.
With efforts to take the hardware worldwide underway, we’re looking at a future where tech is quite literally a part of us. Your kids might opt into a computer in their brains as easily as they would a new cell phone.
Right now, a computer chip is implanted into a brain, and the paralyzed find themselves able to navigate neurally. How far away is the tech from allowing immobilized people to walk?
This is tough to answer now, but we can venture a guess. So far, we’ve seen these implants positively affect people with Parkinsons and ALS, and the future looks good. Experiments are ongoing, and there seem to be plenty of interest.
And the potential for uses beyond the strictly necessary are broad and exciting. Remember Google Glass? It may have been ahead of its time – with a society increasingly relying on their devices, the less-obtrusive hardware might be right on time.
What’s the Downside?
It doesn’t take too much digging to find some potential downsides. If someone can hack into your car, how long will it be before they can hack into your neural transplant?
And that’s not even touching on the potential for rogue AI…
We’d like to take the opportunity to point out that a horror movie with this exact plotline already exists.