The advancement of neural implants
to enhance persons' memory is facilitating the fashioning of cyborgs (human-machine fusions) having enhanced capacities (Reinares-Lara et al., 2018).
"Our original inspiration was to make a conformable transistor for neural implants
," Gelinas notes.
They say the next step is to link these cavemen brains to robots using neural implants
to try and create a kind of Neanderthal cyborg.
The hope is to enable safer neural implants
and gather more accurate neural readings to learn about diseases and other brain conditions.
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Now, for the first time ever, scientists and researchers have successfully used neural implants
to help a person feel touch on a prosthetic limb.
Now a post-doctoral scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the 28-yearold's research is focused on building neural implants
for the treatment of brain disorders, disability and immunodisorders.
The second class of projects is the electrical interface of the body, the development of neural implants
where there can be a communication between the nervous system of the prosthetic user and the prosthesis itself.
Researchers at UCSF aren't exactly strangers to the medtech space, having recently been awarded $26 million in government funding to study neural implants
for Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.
RH: How far away do you think we are from using neural implants
to monitor health and safety of patients that are home-bound or who suffer from terminal or catastrophic illnesses?