Implanting of Chip in the Brain
Engineering Human Brain with the planted chip: How Elon Musk’s Neuralink Technology Can Improve and Extend Human Life
Something that seems to appear practically impossible is about to become a possibility.
The idea of having human brains working with electronic devices such as computers and phones directly and wirelessly seems not too far from reality.
Neuralink technology is about to change the way we live our lives and possibly introduce a significant change to the human lifespan.
Let us discuss in detail some of the possible questions in the mind of many who wants to understand this program and how beneficial it can be.
What is Neuralink Technology?
The technology uses an electronic chip inserted into the brain to transmit bio-signals in the Brain to electronic information which can be interpreted by computers or designated software through wireless transmission between the chip and the electronic device interpreting the signals.
Neuralink technology aims at understanding the human brain in general terms from the neurons to the signals being shared by various neurons in the human brain whose number is 86 billion per brain.
This simply implies that every human brain has up to 86 Billion neurons sharing signals together to communicate with the entire human body as well as receive feedback signals from the various human body units.
The signals shared, sent, or received are the result of the physical and emotional activities of the human as well as the human health status.
This indirectly means that human actions and health status can be determined through the signals shared by the neurons in the human brain, this is what Neuralink technology is trying to achieve.
Therefore, in a simple term, it can be said that Neuralink Technology exploits the human brain activities in a wider view, understanding how signals are shared in the human brain through the neurons and then using the technology to transmit such signals into interpretable electronic signals through the help of electronic chip implanted into the brain.
How does Human Brain work?
The human brain consists of 86 billion neurons. The neurons are classified into many types but basically into three types which are:
The Dendrite Neurons are the neurons that receive signals. They execute the primary responsibility of receiving the various signals being sent into the human brain.
The Soma Neurons are cell bodies that compute the signals They interpret the signals received by the Dendrite Neurons in the Human Brain.
The Axon Neurons are the neurons that send signals out. These neurons are responsible for releasing signals interpreted by the Soma Neurons.
The interconnected functionalities of these three classes of neurons help to understand how the human brain works.
The interconnection of these neurons occurs through synapses. The Synapses connection of the neurons helps in the sending and receiving of signals through the axon neurons to the dendrite neurons.
How do Synapses Help in Sharing of signals in Neurons?
Synapses help the neurons to communicate through electric signals. Action potentials cause a synapse to release neurotransmitters.
The synapses known as small molecules bind to receptors on the Dendrite neurons opening channels for current flow across the neurons’ membrane.
The Action potential initiates when a neuron receives the correct combination of spatiotemporal synaptic input.
Can The Electrical Signals in the Brain be recorded?
The recording of the electrical signals in the human brain is where the neural link focuses. The idea is to plant an electronic chip in the human brain to record the electric signals being shared across neurons.
The electronic chip consists of electrodes that shall be placed near neurons in a way that it can detect action potentials.
The ability of the chip’s electrodes to record from many neurons helps to interpret the electric signals in understandable human information.
The chip’s recording also helps to know information represented by various cells in the brain.
The electronic chip also helps to determine human actions-based n information shared by the various neurons.
For instance, neuron signals represent various information including intended movements of the human body parts, it contains information about human feeling, touching, and reasoning.
Interpreting such signals correctly could mean reading the actions of humans through the brain or something close to it.
Why Must We Plant Electronic Chips in the Human Brain?
Before now, neuron activities can be monitored from the outer skin of the brain using a kind of probe or non-invasive techniques such as the EEG.
Using this conventional method places lots of limitations on the medical experts in terms of understanding in detail.
Rather the summed records of millions of neurons can be the only obtainable information. This limitation blurs the vital information from the brain away from experts.
Placing the chip into the brain helps the electrodes to interact with the 86 billion neurons, get their electric signals, and detect the action potentials shared with the synapses.
This volume of information will be very useful in understanding the human brain and overall body condition at any time and with less difficulty or misinterpretations.
Planting of the electronic chip can also help to stimulate the neural through the introduction of electric current.
It is believed that when small currents are delivered through the electrodes in the chip, the changing electric field drives nearby neurons to fire one or more action potentials.
According to Neuralink’s publication, it is possible to create patterns of activity that elicit the desired sensation by simply stimulating the right temporal sequences across many electrodes.
This means that desired sensations such as the feel of an object in the hand or a visual image can be achieved through this means.
It also noted that the stimulation can also reduce or eliminate the pathological patterns of activity that occur in neurological disorders using the movement deficit in Parkinson’s disease as a case study.
How Does the Electronic Chip Charge?
The chip charges itself through the compact inductive charger that wirelessly connects to the chip to charge the battery from the outside.
So, How Does Neuralink technology works with Human Brain?
The Neuralink engineers the brain to communicate with computers by sharing information received from the brain.
This is made possible through the electronic chip planted inside the brain.
The chip consists of numerous electrodes which are placed near the neurons making it possible to receive the electric signals and action potentials shared in the neurons and synapses respectively.
What are the advantages of Neuralink Technology?
The neural link technology is going to offer a major breakthrough in the medical sector. It is believed that its success will perve the way for the possible treatment of the most difficult health challenges.
It is assumed to be the gateway to the understanding of the human body at any given time and administer the right treatment based on what the body cells want.
Besides the medical benefits, Neuralink technology is believed to help humans control electronic devices such as computers and smartphones by simply thing about them to perform a specific action.
This means controlling computers and phones with thoughts from the brain.
According to the information shared by the program, it states “From Neurons to Computer: We’re designing the first neural implant that will let you control a computer or mobile device anywhere you go.
Micron-scale threads are inserted into areas of the brain that control movement. Each thread contains many electrodes and connects them to an implant, the Link.”
According to the program’s information, a Neuralink App would make it possible to any iOS Device through the activity in the brain after linking to the app in the device. There are many other promising benefits similar to this.
The program is also building a fully integrated Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) system which aims to enable computers and other digital devices to communicate directly with the brain.
This means there is more to gain in this technology besides the medical benefits. In fact, the program was actually aimed at helping paralyzed people to control their electronic devices without touching them.
How can Neuralink Technology Electronic chips be implanted?
The robot neurosurgeon will be reliable and efficient and will ensure the proper positioning of the chip in the right place in the brain. The implanting will be painless in just a few minutes.
What are the Possible dangers of Neuralink?
So far, no danger or harmful record has been raised against the program because the experts in it seem to give clear information regarding it and how they are seriously focusing on the safety of the people that will be using the technology.
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The about information Neuralink technology means that human lives can be saved from it as well as improvements in the way we live our lives.
In general, it is believed to help prolong human life through early detection of sickness, infection, etc., and early treatment using precision-based treatment based on the actual body requirements. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding this program with us in the comment section.
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