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Saturday 6 January 2018

Inside the Race to Hack the Human Brain

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Dan Winters
Medical Application – Deeper Comprehension Different/Complex Techniques 

A young woman of 25 years old teachers’ assistant, Lauren Dickerson is on the brink of making history in mind control. She awaits her chance in an ordinary hospital room in Los Angeles with computer cables evolving like futurist dreadlocks from her bandaged wrapped head.

A neurosurgeon had drilled 11 holes through her skull and had slid 11 wires which were the size of spaghetti in her brain connecting the wires to a bank of computers. She is now caged in by bed rails having plastic tubes winding up her arms with medical monitors trailing her vigorous signs. She has been making attempts not to make any movement.

The room had been packed with film crew as they prepared to document the events of the day with two separate teams of specialists to begin work - medical experts from a leading neuroscience centre at the University of Southern California and scientists from a technology company known as Kernel.

The company has been concentrating on medical application with the intention of gaining a deeper comprehension of the different and complex techniques the brain tends to fail. Johnson would eventually prefer to move to supplementing the organ in order to make individuals smarter as well as healthier and pave the way for interfacing with computing devices, directly.

Treating Seizures 

The medical team has been looking out for means of treating the seizures of Dickerson which have been a complicated routine of epilepsy drugs controlled well enough till last year till its effect began to be depressing. The wires inserted in her brains would be assisting in comprehending the source of her seizures.

 The scientists from Kernel have been called there for another purpose. They are employed by Bryan Johnson a 40 year old tech entrepreneur who had sold his business for $800 million and has plans of pursuing an insanely ambitious dream which he intends to take control of evolutions creating an improved human.

His intention is to do this by building a neuroprosthesis, which is a device that enables us to learn quicker, recall more `coevolve; with artificial intelligence, unlock the enigmas of telepathy and probably also join into group minds. He would also want to find a method of downloading skills like martial arts, matrix-style.

A Chip in the Brain 

Moreover, he would want to sell this invention at mass-market prices in order that it is not an exclusive product for the rich. Presently he tends to have an algorithm on a hard drive. When he refers to the neuroprosthesis to conference audiences and reporters, he tends to utilise the media-friendly expression - `a chip in the brain’, though he is aware that he will never sell a mass-market product which is inclined to depend on drilling holes in the skull of human beings.

 On the contrary, the procedures would ultimately link to the brain through some variation on non-invasive interfaces that are created by scientists all over the world. These would be tiny sensors which could be injected in the brain to naturally engineered neurons that could exchange data wireless with a hat-like receiver.

These planned interfaces would be either pipe dreams or years in the future, so in the intervening time he is utilising the wires attached to Dickerson’s hippocampus to aim on a much bigger challenge – brain once linked to it. It is what the procedures tend to do. The wires that that are embedded in the head of Dickerson would be able to record the electrical signals which the neurons of Dickerson send to one another at the time of a series of simple memory tests.

Enhancing Memory

Thereafter the signals will be uploaded onto a hard driver where the system will translate them into a digital code which would be analysed and improved or rewritten. This would be for the purpose of enhancing the memory.

The system will then translate the code into the electrical signals which will be sent to the brain. If it is helpful in generating a few images from the memories she may be having at the time of gathering the data, the researchers would understand that the process tends to be working. Thereafter they could attempt to do the same with memories which had taken place over a period of time, something which no one could have done earlier.

 If these two tests are successful, they would be on their way to decoding the patterns and processes which tend to generate memories. Though the other scientists tend to be utilising identical methods on simpler issues Johnson is said to be the only one attempting to make a commercial neurological product which would improve the memory and would be performing his first human test. It would be the first human test for commercial memory prosthesis. He has commented saying that it is a historic day and he is insanely excited about it.

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