No that’s not the title of a new movie.
You mean you thought Elon Musk was only at the helm of Tesla and SpaceX? He’s also the owner and cofounder of Neuralink, a company seeking to map brain functions as replicable software processes to eventually solve physical paralysis and more.
Musk said they “hope to have [brain chips] in our first humans — which will be people that have severe spinal-cord injuries like tetraplegics, quadriplegics — next year, pending FDA approval.”
Chips are already being safely planted in and removed from the brains of monkeys. Neuralink states the chips are currently for gathering data of how the brain operates at a much deeper level than technology has previously allowed.
The ultimate goal with these devices is to learn enough about how the brain operates to give paralyzed people the ability to control digital devices with their minds (think: bluetooth controllers paired with your brain).
If external devices can perform processes for our brain, then a lot might become possible that is otherwise impossible.
- Digitally add or remove emotions or personality traits to a person’s characteristics.
- Angry person? Upload the “mellow byte” to your brain chip so things brush off your shoulder a bit more easily.
- Can’t stay focused? Download the “remove distractions app” to your brain chip so you can focus on only one single subject or matter for the next hour.
Obviously this is all science-fiction right now, but the gap between science fiction and reality is quickly narrowing.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. . .” (Philippians 2:5). Having issues with that scripture? Upload Philippians 2:5 to your brain chip. Okay, kidding.
The reality is that brain chips will soon be planted into human subjects and will begin mapping brain functions like never before in history. If brain chips can control digital limbs, what else will humans eventually be able to control with a brain chip?
Many of us will live long enough to see that future.