Human society have tried to understand the brain for decades. With time we are understanding it better. Today researchers both in academia and industry are working to build a new brain technology called Brain Computer Interface. Does it sound like some science fiction to you? So, continue reading to know more about this technology.
Firstly let us know a little about brain. Brain is a very complex organ with 100 billion biological electrical conductors. Brain is what makes us different by providing senses and moreover intelligence. Now electric impulses from various parts travel to specific locations in brain and those part controls respective functions. This was a briefing about brain, now let us see how we can use this to make Brain Chips.
What is Brain Computer Interface? a small introduction
Brain Computer Interface is simply a chip which can be installed in brain and thus giving brain an ability to contact any physical device outside and even another brain with this chip. So, after connecting humans with each other through mobile phones and computers, the scientific community is looking forward to connect us through brain chips which will ridiculously change our lives. Many institutions and companies all over the world are researching on this topic and trying to make it possible as soon as possible.
Some of the companies working on brain computer interfaces are:-
Here is a Brain Computer Interface seminar report for you.
Before talking about its applications if you want to know about brain computer interfaces in much depth then you can buy the following books below:-
Now you will question, what is the use of this technology? So, let us know, how this technology can revolutionize our lives.
Brain Computer Interface Applications:
- Neuro Prosthetics: After the commercialization of technology we can literally make any paralyzed part of the body work. We can get back senses of some people especially vision. This has been tested on some humans also and is reportedly working properly. Researchers are working to make these things smaller, cheaper and easier to install. Just imagine we can help people suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s
- Brain to Brain Interactions: This might sound like fiction, but is no more any fiction. Researchers have tested this on rats and got very strong evidences of brain to brain contact between two rats which were in two different labs in two different cities. Now just imagine that you want to send some document to your boss, you can just see the document and send it to your boss through brain and your boss can take a printout by contacting printer through brain chip. Its awesome right? I am waiting for this technology, what about you?
- Accessing Internet through Brain: Internet is a huge repository of knowledge, imagine if this repo was present in our brain, we would know everything. This can be made true with brain computer interface. We can access any information on the internet through these brain chips. If that becomes a reality, then invigilator in you examination would warn you to uninstall your brain chips first probably, what do you say?
Let me tell you a thing about this technology which will blow your minds. It is said that not only data you can even transfer feelings and experiences to others. We all get dreams right, so when we get dreams our brain recreates that situation and we feel that it is real. So, our brain do have that capability of recreating a situation or an experience and using this ability we can experience others feelings. Just imagine you can feel the experiences of your friends, you can be in a situation which your friends have faced. If that becomes true then probably a few companies will come up and sell experience packages. You have to download them into your brains and just enjoy the experience. How will it feel? What would you like to experience first?
Probably you can even acquire skills also and obviously there will be companies selling skill packages which you have to download or you can borrow skills from your friends, we don’t know whether this will be possible or not but it sounds really fantastic right, I really pray that this should become a reality. What do you think? Tell us through a quick comment.
Here is a Tedx talk by Steve Hoffman about Brain computer interfaces and future applications:-
Till now we have been talking about the good side of this technology but there is even worst side of this technology and that is
We know that computers become vulnerable and hackable when they connect to internet, did you get my point? Yes if your brains connect to internet there is every possibility that it can be hacked. It will be simply hell for you, the hacker can control your whole body, he can make you talk and he can make you walk and what not. The hacker can make you do some criminal activities etc. and if that happens this technology will make your life hell. So, we should develop this technology in such a way that no one can hack it.
There are many research papers out there on this topic. I am giving link to a paper below, you can read it if you want more information about brain hacking:
Many scientists, entrepreneurs and academicians are warning about this possibility of brain hacking and are trying to bring up some solution to this.
In this article I did not talk about technologies like EEG, ECoG, LFP, and SU etc. as that would make it boring at least for some people. You can visit the links provided if you are really interested. To get little more information you can see the following Brain Computer Interface ppt.
If you want to read Brain Computer Interface research papers for indepth information, you can visit the following links (Note: you need to have IEEE membership to read these research papers):-
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