Check out the interesting piece on the WSJ site about neuroimplants, “The Future of Brain Implants.”
What would you give for a retinal chip that let you see in the dark or for a next-generation cochlear implant that let you hear any conversation in a noisy restaurant, no matter how loud? Or for a memory chip, wired directly into your brain’s hippocampus, that gave you perfect recall of everything you read? Or for an implanted interface with the Internet that automatically translated a clearly articulated silent thought (“the French sun king”) into an online search that digested the relevant Wikipedia page and projected a summary directly into your brain?
Science fiction? Perhaps not for very much longer. Brain implants today are where laser eye surgery was several decades ago. They are not risk-free and make sense only for a narrowly defined set of patients—but they are a sign of things to come.
I’ve said often on the fact that we are at the start of the most amazing evolutionary step in our species’ history, and these pieces just reinforce that opinion in my view.
Read more: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304914904579435592981780528?mod=WSJ_hppMIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond&mg=reno64-wsj