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We all feel in control of our actions and thoughts, its what defines us, but as biology and technology begin to intertwine, the question remains “could you brain be hacked.” The truth is the brain is an electrical device and because of this, we can interface it to our own electronic devices.
In fact 100’s of 1000’s of people are already taking advantage of this with cochlear implant, a type of hearing aid which mimics sound in the brain through electrical impulses.
However, electricity isn’t an exactly precise, it ends up spreading singles across many neurons in the brain, and in the case of hearing this can make the signal muddy or blurry.
To solve this problem, researchers have found to way to use light which you can aim and is much more precise to stimulate the desired parts of the brain and its this light that maybe the key to very specific control over the brain, but first these cells must somehow learn how to use light as an input source, as crazy as it may seem a harmless non-reproducing virus is used to insert genes in the desired neurons or brain cells. These genes are taken from other organisms that use light to survive such as algae; surprisingly we use the same genetic in cellular mechanisms as them.
So if you take DNA from one and insert it in another it still to works, these genes encode for proteins that allow the neuron or brain cell to act as a solar cell. As a result, they react to incoming light and convert it to an electrical single while cells without the new DNA remain un-reactive.
All we need now is an optical source to shine light on these neurons when we want them activated, create this setup with in the bewared systems of the brain and you could make someone happy with the push of a button, stick it into motor cortex and you could control parts of movement, and this is exactly what scientists have done.
This mouse has fiber optic cables wired into it right motor cortex, which controls movement to the left, as soon as the light is shot into its altered solar panel neurons, it cannot help but run to the left. Its thoughts and actions have been hacked.
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So what happens when we begin to stick technology into our brains? On the one hand, it may open the doors to managing physically debilitating diseases, personality disorders or even condition such as depression. Turn on or off the necessary cells and voila, heck – the average person maybe able integrated the technology in order to augment their vision or play video games in there mind. And as we begin to understand the intricacies of the brain, which regions specifically control which actions and thoughts, this technology will bare even more significance.
However, the ethical concerns and risks lurk quietly around the corner. So knowing that your brain could be hacked would you want this technology in your brain?
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