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pro-human-microchipping article :gross!: - al_uh_looyah - 10-05-2007
Toward a Brain-Internet Link
Surfing the Web via chips implanted in your brain isn't as far-fetched as you might think.

By Rodney Brooks

A few weeks ago I was brushing my teeth and trying to remember who made "La Bamba" a big hit back in the late 1950s. I knew the singer had died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly; if I'd been downstairs I would have gone straight to Google. But even if I'd had a spoken-language Internet interface in the bathroom, my mouth was full of toothpaste. I realized that what I really want is an implant in my head, directly coupled into my brain, providing a wireless Internet connection.

In my line of work, an effective brain-computer interface is a perennial vision. But I'm starting to think that by 2020 we might actually have wireless Internet interfaces that ordinary people will feel comfortable having implanted in their heads-just as ordinary people are today comfortable with going to the mall to have laser eye surgery. All the signs-early experimental successes, societal demand for improved health care, and military research thrusts-point in that direction.
Remote-controlled rats are perhaps the most stunning evidence of this trend. Last year, John Chapin and his colleagues at the State University of New York's Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn reported installing brain implants that stimulate areas of the rat cortex where signals are normally received from the whiskers. Left/right cues from a laptop computer made the rats feel as if their whiskers had brushed into obstacles, prompting them to turn in the appropriate directions. To impel the rats up difficult inclines, a second implant stimulated pleasure centers in their brains.

This experiment built on the 1999 efforts of Chapin and Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University that enabled rats to mentally induce a robot arm to release water. First, a computer recorded the patterns of neural firing in key areas of the rats' brains when the rodents pressed a lever that controlled the robot arm. Once the computer learned the neural pattern associated with lever-pushing, it moved the robot arm when it detected the rats merely "thinking" about doing so. In later versions of this technology, monkeys were able to control a more sophisticated robot arm as though it were their own.

Machine-neuron connections are working in people, too. Thousands of once deaf people can understand conversations thanks to cochlear implants. A tiny microphone in the ear picks up sound, and a small package of electronics translates this into direct stimulation of neurons in the cochlea. More recently, there have been reports of human trials in which comparable (though much more crude and early-stage) visual implants enabled blind patients to perceive something of their surroundings. And a handful of quadriplegic patients have neural implants that let them control computers by "thinking" about moving particular muscles.

Why am I confident that brain-Internet interfaces will become a reality? Because it's not really such a vast leap from here to a thought-activated Google search: these human-tested technologies already give us the components that we would need to directly connect the Internet to a person's brain. And because there are both medical and military pulls on related technologies. On the medical side, besides the urgency of providing physical and mental prostheses to patients with severe injuries, baby boomers are getting older, and their nervous systems are starting to fall apart. There will be increased demand for patching up deteriorating nervous subsystems-and baby boomers have always gotten what they demand. At minimum, this will drive the development of direct visual interfaces that by 2010 will help blind people as much as today's cochlear implants help deaf people.

And on the military side, direct neural control of complex machines is a long-term goal. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a brain-machine interface program aimed at creating next-generation wireless interfaces between neural systems and, initially, prosthetics and other biomedical devices.

Just as the modern laptop was inconceivable when the standard computer interface was the punch card, it's hard to imagine how a brain-Internet interface will feel. As brain-imaging technologies continue their rapid advance, we will get a better understanding of where in the brain to insert signals so that they will be meaningful-just as the control signals for the rats were inserted into neurons normally triggered by whiskers.

We still need broad advances, of course. We need algorithms that can track the behavior of brain cells as they adapt to the interface, and we'll need better understanding of brain regions that serve as centers of meaning. But we'll get there. And when we do, we won't "see" an image similar to today's Web pages. Rather, the information contained in a Web server will make us feel as though "Ritchie Valens" just popped into our heads.

pro-human-microchipping article :gross!: - Guest - 10-05-2007

Thanks for that.

I knew it was Ritchie Valens and that made me almost feel like I was already chipped. Sick fuck's writing these articles trying to hypnotise tech people into scratching their chin's and saying well, what a wonderful fucking idea that is, I do hope they arrive soon". I wonder if you'd be able to use as oppose to google for searches in such a brain implant.maybe it wouldn't be allowed

Look on the bright side tho - maybe some canny fooker'll able to hack into the little bastards and get them going to take back the birth right without the need for a surrogate head/ There'd bound to be a some sort of register for all the chips to try and prevent resistance. what would happen when people die?. What would happen in such a world? would the chip be removed when someone dies?! lots of chips floating about on the black market?Lots of room for manuvere there LOL just another version of identity theft and cunning getting a redundant chip back on line to uploaded stuff to the cerebranet there. If that's the reality there's bound be be a way.LOL

Saying that I'm not at all up for one in my brain tho


sorry about that concen - very drunk and thought an agent of the forces of evil might pop in for a read (hic)


pro-human-microchipping article :gross!: - Guest - 03-18-2008

Yeah right... chip my head, get wired to the net and download some spyware and a virus for my brain. No thanks.

pro-human-microchipping article :gross!: - --- - 03-18-2008

on the bright side there's people saying they can hack the fuckers ( the given tech - as over ground)

it's when they meld them with the binary of dna that we're totally screwed..imo

we really should (imho) start now dicussing about standing up in the near future and how, if not now

...or not...not everyone is down with taking them on and I can understand that:huh:

not me of course but I'll tell you something great that people I don't know did in the run up to the Iraq war...the fookers went and wrecked a bunch take off strip lights on a USAF base - fucking worked too..the fucking bombers couldne take off. Yeah!!! one for our "side"!! They only managed to get away with it and evade prolonged searches in the surrounding terrain because - so the story goes - because they had ex-army in their team. Your risking your life, nevermind prison, doing that shit and my hat goes off to them. But back in the real world there is plenty one can do, at this time, which doesn't involve the risk of an MP5 round in the head.

I, myself am bang up for getting stuck in again but here in .de it's all Left Right bs and no-one has a fucking clue - entschuldigung to all the german members;)and I don't give a flying fook if the SIS are reading cos what's the point of being timid of the fuckers - they have you by the balls anyhow



pro-human-microchipping article :gross!: - LoopRadar - 03-18-2008

Ain't gonna be no cookies in my soul-to-world interface.
No way.


pro-human-microchipping article :gross!: - --- - 03-18-2008

you come across as being pretty darn savvy with all things IT, LR - do you know owt about the hacking side of things?

pro-human-microchipping article :gross!: - blove8. - 03-18-2008

The RFID Hacking Underground
They can steal your smartcard, lift your passport, jack your car, even clone the chip in your arm. And you won't feel a thing. 5 tales from the RFID-hacking underground.

pro-human-microchipping article :gross!: - --- - 03-18-2008

cool thanks - looks like an inspirational read:)