MindBullets 20 Years


Neuro-implants to control our devices become the gift of the year

It’s my birthday soon, and I know just what I am going to buy myself this year. The brand-new iThink, Apple’s brain sensor that enables me to control all my electronic devices by thought alone!

Sure, there’s a little bit of surgery involved. The tiny transmitter sits just below the skin at the base of my skull, connected to electrodes implanted into my brain. But it’s safe technology now; pioneered in hundreds of thousands of experiments and procedures, first aimed at helping disabled people to communicate with the rest of the world.

Now it’s a long way from steering electric wheelchairs or letting paralyzed patients talk. It has become the rage for anyone who considers themselves wired – literally! Just as Google Glasses were a fashion statement for the digerati a few years ago, so iThink and brain implants like it have become de rigueur for everyone who’s anyone in the connected world.

And we’ve only just begun. The iThink today is little more than a digital transmitter, enabling me to control my TV, smartphone and other online devices – just by thinking about it.

But scientists are already working on the next generation devices – implants to stimulate brain activity to develop super-hearing; to enable people to see in the dark, or to enhance their memory, with vast amounts of information stored digitally and available, with just a thought. Who says technology can’t make us smarter?

Is it the start of the age of the cyborg? I really don’t know, but I do know that if I am to be cool, I simply must have it! And once I have it, maybe I will know all the answers – or more of them, anyway!

Warning: Hazardous thinking at work

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