The Neural Lace is a small mesh microchip injected into the brain to monitor the electrical activity of the cerebral cortex. Surgically implanted it would monitor brain activity and send that data wirelessly to an outside computer for analysis. Many applications may come from interpreting brain activity in real time. Some of these applications have already been demonstrated by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The paralyzed could control robotic arms or legs and the blind may be able to see again. In the future we could merge with computers or even each other in a hive mind construct. The Neural Lace could make humans on parity with Artificial Intelligence once A.I. becomes so powerful that it tries to destroy us. This is in the DARPA research. These are some of the reasons given for the commercial pursuit of this military technology.
An ominous step in brain to computer interface popularized by billionaires Brain Johnson and Elon Musk. Announcing the formation of two different ventures to pursue brain computer interface. Brain Johnson invested 100 million dollars in a company called Kernal. Musk’s upstart is called NeuraLink. Each trying to produce a version of the Neural Lace for the civilian market. Wi Fi for your brain. Hoping to one day transfer data from a computer to the human brain instantly and back again. Merging the human brain with a computer. Still a bit off in the future before the full capabilities of this technology are realized.
Main stream media reviews on this seemingly impossible futuristic concept all reference the same report from the Journal Nature Nanotechnology. All pictures presented here are credited to them. Ignoring the more macabre and dystopic aspects of the paper entitled “Syringe Injectable Electronics“. The main stream pieces only scratch the surface and do not examine the primary capability of the Neural Lace that is already scientifically demonstrated. Along with it’s possible ramifications. The Journal Nature Nanotechnology published a paper in June 2015 highlighting the current publically known research. Keep in mind that the military and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have been researching this type of technology for years.
(1) Monitoring internal mechanical strains in polymer cavities, (2) Tight integration and low chronic immunoreactivity with several distinct regions of the brain, (3) in vivo multiplexed neural recording. Moreover syringe injection enables the delivery of flexible electronics through a rigid shell, the delivery of large volume flexible electronics can fill internal cavities and coinjection of electronics with other materials into host structures, opening up unique applications for flexible electronics Journal Nature Nanotechnology
The Neural Lace is able to read the brain’s electrical activity and transfer the data real time to a computer outside the body. In Vivo multiplexed neural recording literally means an ” in the living body“ recording of your cerebral cortex. This cannot be understated. We are talking about real time monitoring and possible manipulation of the human brain. A brain chip able to read thoughts and emotions that one day may be able to control them. The nightmare of every dystopic fantasy. Big brother in your head.
Made of a flexible nano mesh microchip that your body will not reject. It would be inserted into the brain via syringe and then unfurl. Using a small hole drilled into the top of the head like a lobotomy or delivered through the carotid artery as in arthroscopic surgery. Targeting the cerebral cortex.
The same area of the brain as a lobotomy. Almost the same basic surgery, without the cutting of the cerebral cortex, if implanted through the skull. Neural Lace is neurophilic meaning it tightly integrates to your cerebral cortex and can never be taken out. Becoming part of your brain as the neurons grow around the mesh. Low immunoreactivity due to it’s small size and the materials employed. Using piezo electric materials combined with polymers it uses wireless communication to send data to a computer to interpret brain activity. Being neurophilic the neurons of the brain rapidly grow around it. Actually reading your thoughts and transferring them to a computer for translation of your brain activity. Also possibly stimulating the the brain for any number of desired effects according to DARPA.
This is the demonstrated capability and primary function of the Neural Lace. Humans can take in a lot of information through our five senses but are very limited in the ability to rapidly transfer information. Basically an input / output problem in computer terms.
“Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem,” said Phillip Alvelda, the NESD program manager. “Imagine what will become possible when we upgrade our tools to really open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics.” Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Talking is as fast as humans go to communicate information and typing into a phone or computer is much slower than that. Wi Fi for your brain will have many applications in the future. Good and bad. Using history as a guide it is not hard to imagine this technology will be employed in the worst imaginable way. Just as every other military technology given to the public is used for the advantage of the rich and powerful. Abusing Neural Lace technology for control of populations would be irresistible to future governments.
If you think the NSA is encroaching on privacy now by monitoring cell phones and all of your electronic communications. Just wait until Neural Lace technology is implanted in large segments of the population. Let your imagination go wild and you will probably be pretty close to some of the future dystopic scenarios that could unfold. Thinking it will not be used in this way is beyond naïve. The ability to transfer information into the brain like mastering Kung Fu instantly as in the movie Matrix or learning calculus by instant download is still a very long way off indeed. The ability to monitor thoughts and map neural activity is here now. The main purpose of the Neural Lace is to record brain activity.
Hence we believe these results, together with the “neurophilic” chronic response, offer substantial promise for implantation and long term brain activity mapping.
Journal Nature Nanotechnology
This is being offered as a way to save ourselves from Artificial Intelligence, cure the blind and make the paralyzed walk again. Another military technology meant to help the world?
That being said the idea Mind Reading Microchips implanted into your brain is nothing new. Being kicked around for years in the minds of sci-fi fans and conspiracy theorists. Along with a long list of dystopic scenarios in which this type of Neural Lace technology could be used for the detriment of humanity. That future is almost here courtesy of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Silicon Valley billionaires.
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