Brain Chips May Eventually Help The Blind See
Today, as I woke up from my deep slumber of insignificant hours, I went to grab something to eat. As usual, I grabbed a Salt Lake City Weekly as I walked in to enjoy a nice hot meal. I sat down and started scrolling through the independent newspaper and stumbled upon a story called "Bionic Brain". I was amazed to hear that neurosurgeons up at the University of Utah have implemented a chip into the brains of multiple patients. This chip is essentially used to download brain data onto computers to see what kind of information the brain produces. That's not the only task this chip can do. When the brain is directly linked to a computer via chip, a human can play games like solitaire with their brain. The brain can also do things such as type characters or move the cursor around the screen. It is not fully understood how the brain is able to learn how to perform these tasks, but somehow it does.
They know basically how the chip reads the brain data—electrons travel over platinum wires—but they can’t say precisely how or why the brain “learns” to use it. CW
This chip has many possibilities for medicinal benefits as well.
The team working with the chip is hoping to make immediate improvements in the lives of people with epilepsy, paralysis or blindness, but say the chips may one day enable brain-native Internet browsing or most any other function currently possible with a computer. CW
This brain chip will have profound effects on the future. Imagine having your brain wirelessly connected to the internet. We would be able to surf the web for information and perform any other computer function possible. It would be a miracle to give the blind, sight, and the paralyzed, body movement. The future looks bright for humans with the many technological advances.
“If you can get a link to a computer, then you’ve got the whole world.” The Internet’s vast knowledge and tools could be just a thought away. Foreign language translation, photographic memory and brain-data backup could become a reality with use of more advanced chips. CW