The Future Of Brain Implants

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The Future of Brain Implants Current and future technology Over the last twenty years, scientists have been developing brain implants to help people suffering from Alzheimer 's disease, dementia, stroke and/or brain injuries to restore their ability to create long-term memories. Current technology is becoming more invasive both in terms of interconnections within the physical body and our mental dependence. According to a researcher Ellen M. McGee, Long Island University, “The future development of brain implants will give us the ability to manipulate external reality, the physical world, and ourselves.” With today’s technologies, the line between living organisms and machines is getting very blurry. This issue could potentially affect…show more content…
Enhanced smell will intensify our ability to distinguish scents, and an amplified sense of touch will enable us to discern environmental stimuli such us changes in barometric pressure.” In 2013, at Duke University School of Medicine, scientists implanted brain chips into rats’ barrel cortex to teach them “see” infrared light that they normally cannot see. Neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis and Eric Thomson made an experiment where they implanted four clusters of sensors into the barrel cortexes of the rats that were responsible for their senses. Those clusters converted infrared light into an electrical signal that stimulated rats to go to one of the four feeding stations. Rats would go the feeding station where the infrared light was on and press the button on the feeding station to receive the reward. “In an older, single sensor version of the experiment, it took the rats one month to adapt. With four sensors, it took them just three days” (Coghlan). What interesting was that rats’ original senses stayed the same without changes, plus they learned to use their new sense of seeing infrared light. Later, scientists want to teach rats see the ultraviolet light, microwaves, radio waves, and X-rays. A reporter for New Scientist Andy Coghlan stated, “It seems that nature
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