The fascination with human implants has long been a thing. These days, you can have implanted just about anything to your liking; if you don’t like your butt, get an implant; your chest area – get an implant; people are even dishing out bucks for calf implants. Implants have become such a phenomena that you can even put your implants on layaway, and pay it off like a credit card. Hey, life isn’t so bad anymore to be born without; if you’re not born with it, then get a new implanted version of it, all while building your credit score LOL.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may be on to something new here with discussion of Brain Implants, now. Although the main focus for these brain implanted technologies is to aid in important medical advancements at this time, we are sure it won’t be too long before the procedure is used to somehow make people smarter, or dumber. Soon we will be able to read people’s minds; or what about mind control, is that a technological advancement yet? Oh, that’s right, that’s called psychosis.
The billionaire has pledged $50 million to go towards research and development of such mechanisms in order to fight deadly diseases worldwide.
With the research spearheaded by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, their objective is to work with different companies on different brain technology studies mostly dealing with incurable neurological conditions. One of the companies in particular is Cortera Neurotechnologies, founded in 2013 by a Dr. Rikky Muller. Cortera is a California based firm which produces “clinically viable and minimally invasive neural interfaces” such as brain recordings used to help paraplegics control their prosthetic limbs by following the commands of their brain.
According to the DailyMail, speaking of Muller’s designs, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub commented that,
“Muller is developing new wireless microsystems that directly interface with the brain for long-term, minimally-invasive neurological recording. Her broad goal is to engineer novel implants that can simultaneously sense and alter physiological responses to enable drug delivery and the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.”
Other studies include a 3D imaging technology that will be used to undo certain neural activity through deep structures of the brain. Sounds deep.
Not to mention, Zuckerberg also has plans to add a new feature to his social media platform that is already life – Facebook. A sort of mind-reading technology called the Building 8 is in the works as we speak. It’s a 2-year project with hopes in accomplishing the impossible. Zuckerberg and his team are working on ‘machine learning methods, including encoding and decoding models, to neuroimaging and electrophysiological data.‘
His highest hopes, Zuckerberg that is, is to devise the “ultimate communication technology”, in other words, a telepathy system; another would-be non-invasive method once fully created. Of course he does. He went on the record saying,
“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too, if you’d like.”
I don’t know about you all, but I don’t really care how non-invasive we are talking; life has been pretty good without having to read other people’s minds the Zuckerberg way. I hardly want to go in to see the doctor for a head CAT scan much less trust my brain to Facebook; I won’t even give the app my phone number much less a shot at reading my brain. As genius as he (Mark Zuckerberg) is, me personally, I like to leave some things up to ‘hey, we not really suppose to be doing those kinds of things anyway.’ I must not have the God-complex that he has. But like I said, that’s just me.
How about you? Would you trust your brain to Facebook?