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5 Years Away From Connecting Your Brain to a Computer

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Five years after, you connected your brain to a computer. The idea of having a computer connected to your brain was science fiction.

But with recent advances in medical technology and artificial intelligence, connecting your brain to a computer may soon become a reality.
Here's how that could happen in five years or fewer.

Outlines:

1-Why do we need Brain-Computer Interfacing?


2-Prosthetic Brains


3-Brain Connected To A Computer


4-Brain Connected To The Internet

1-Why do we need Brain-Computer Interfacing?

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Brain-Computer Interfacing holds exciting opportunities for those suffering from various brain disorders, as well as researchers and other health professionals.

However, the close connection between one's mind and the computer raises questions about privacy and societal norms.

Although we're still just understanding how the brain works, we've been able to harness this thought power to do things like move robotic arms.

Brain-computer communication is a new field that allows us to measure brain activity and usage it to control external devices, such as computers and prosthetic.

In the future, people who have suffered amputations will use this technology to control a prosthetic limb.


There are several methods of measuring the brain; EEG is the most common technique used by researchers.

It involves placing electrodes on the scalp that measure electrical activity in the brain.

Other methods include measuring magnetic fields in the brain or blood flow (although scientists use these methods only in medical settings).

We can use the collected data to determine what actions a person takes based on their brain activity.


The implications of this research are staggering, especially for those suffering from a disability or disease that prevents them from communicating with others or controlling their own body.

To restore functionality, Brain-Computer Interfacing requires two things:

-First, an interface between the device and the user's brain.
-Second, a computer can interpret the data.

2-Prosthetic Brains:

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Humans have always searched for ways to increase their physical functions with the advancement of information technology and computer technology. We tend to be getting nearer to the present reality.


Futurists often say that the next big step in evolution is the merging of man and machine.

Using artificial brains to achieve superior cognitive abilities is one of the favorite ideas of futurist Ray Kurzweil.


We might be five years away from allowing humans to connect their brains to a computer. Until then, though, you can start using these three great B.C.I devices.


Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, coined the term "artificial brain."


In 1998, Warwick became the first human to have a computer physically wired into his nervous system.


He did this by implanting an electrode in his arm and connecting his nervous system to a computer.

Empowering humans with an extraneous brain is a concept that futurists had been noodling over for years.


Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that in the coming years:

We will use nanobots to upload our minds to computers. But some believe the technology is already here.


3-Brain Connected To A Computer:

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A Brain-Computer Interface (B.C.I) is a direct communication pathway between an enhanced or wired brain and an external device.


This linkage can transmit electrical signals, allowing users to control computer applications with their thoughts.


B.C.Is are still in development but offer exciting possibilities for those with limited mobility because of disability or injury.


Brain-Computer Interfaces (B.C.Is) are direct interfaces between the brain and the machine, As a wireless implant that allows the user to interact with the computer.


A B.C.I comprises several parts:

1. A brain implant, which receives and signals and from the brain.

They comprise a sensor that detects electrical activity in the brain, an electronic transducer that converts signals into digital data, and a transmitter that relays these signals to a receiver outside the body.


2. A receiver receives external commands from a computer and sends them wireless to the brain implant or via wires attached to the implant.


3. Software on the computer that decodes neural activity into commands or text for use by other applications.


Like any computer software, some programs are better than others at correctly interpreting neural activity and translating it into commands or text.

4-Brain Connected To The Internet:

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The Human Brain can process 11.1 million bits of information every second, a staggering rate of data-processing capacity.

Now, scientists have created a device that connects to your brain and records tens of thousands of neurons.

Although it's not enough to compete with even low-end supercomputers yet, it's still a significant feat in understanding how we can one day connect our brains to the Internet

Believe it or not, several people have already had their brains connected to the Internet through implants. We're talking about a real-life "Matrix" scenario here.

What's even more interesting is that these people have been able to control their computers with just their thoughts.


In 2013, a man named Matt Nagel could type eight words per minute just by thinking about it.

He could also lift his finger on the command to click the mouse button. That was all done via Brain-Gate technology, which is impressive.

However, the main snag here is that the technology is still very new.
That raises the question of clinicians should implant cochlear implants in deaf people.

But don't worry, there are other methods of using the Internet with just your mind.

For example, there is called an EEG machine, which scientists use for telepathy. Scientists have proven that this device works as effectively as an MRI.

Conclusion:

Today, we already enjoy the benefits of voice-activated active devices and tools.

Recent advancements in medical technology and artificial intelligence will make it possible to connect our brains to computers and the Internet in five years.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Ahmed Ezz

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