Memory Chip Brain Upgrades? Yes Please!

This article from Newsweek suggests that we may be able to upgrade our brains by surgically “installing” microchips.  Huh, sounds like what I did with my computer last week…  Besides microchips, there seems to a lot of promise with prescription medications being able to accomplish the same results.  Although the real purpose for this research is to cure brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, we all know its only a matter of time before its targeted to those of us looking for an easy way to upgrade ourselves.  I’m all for it.  Maybe they will even be able to plug into that chip and upload data directly into my brain!  “I know Kung Fu…”

Daryl Kipke is showing off his company’s latest prototype, a state-of-the-art electronic chip. It’s not the sort likely to end up powering your iPod, but it does produce a beat you won’t be able to get out of your head—because this device is designed to be surgically implanted deep in your brain, where the chip will deliver electric signals to specific clusters of cells. Kipke’s firm, NeuroNexus Technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is developing and testing the device to deliver electric pulses that can relieve some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression…

Although I doubt anyone would think this is a bad idea, it may not be as easy as my gross oversimplification.

Many of these experimental drugs and treatments are likely to wash out due to side effects, and even if they don’t, government regulators aren’t likely to approve their use for anyone who doesn’t suffer from a serious disorder.

One step closer to red and blue pills, and sick looking trench coats?  Sweet!

Source: Newsweek

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2 Responses to “Memory Chip Brain Upgrades? Yes Please!”

  1. dude, thanks ! I’ll follow ya….how do I follow ya?

  2. You can either just check back regularly (add to favorites) or you can even link me in your blogroll if ya want.

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