(NY Times Magazine) The Cyborg in Us All

For years, computers have been creeping ever nearer to our neurons. Thousands of people have become cyborgs, of a sort, for medical reasons: cochlear implants augment hearing and deep-brain stimulators treat Parkinson’s. But within the next decade, we are likely to see a new kind of implant, designed for healthy people who want to merge with machines. With several competing technologies in development, scientists squabble over which device works best; no one wants theirs to end up looking like the Betamax of brain wear. Schalk is a champion of the ECoG implant because, unlike other devices, it does not pierce brain tissue; instead it can ride on top of the brain-blood barrier, sensing the activity of populations of neurons and passing their chatter to the outside world, like a radio signal. Schalk says this is the brain implant most likely to evolve into a consumer product that could send signals to a prosthetic hand, an iPhone, a computer or a car.

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3 comments on “(NY Times Magazine) The Cyborg in Us All

  1. libraryjim says:

    So, will our future civilization be more like:
    a) Cybermen
    b) Borg
    c) Cylons
    d) Blade Runner
    e) some wicked combination of all of the above.


  2. GB46 says:

    Johnny Mnemonic, perhaps…

  3. yohanelejos says:

    I also wonder if this takes us closer to the following territory;

    He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Rev. 13: 16-17)