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The Future of Brain Implants
WSJ ^ | 14 Mar 2014 | GARY MARCUS and CHRISTOF KOCH

Posted on 03/15/2014 7:49:24 AM PDT by shove_it

How soon can we expect to see brain implants for perfect memory, enhanced vision, hypernormal focus or an expert golf swing?

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Science fiction? Perhaps not for very much longer. Brain implants today are where laser eye surgery was several decades ago. They are not risk-free and make sense only for a narrowly defined set of patients—but they are a sign of things to come...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: g42
Finally, a medical marvel I can use!
1 posted on 03/15/2014 7:49:24 AM PDT by shove_it
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To: shove_it

This stuff was on Futurescape with James Woods this morning.


2 posted on 03/15/2014 7:50:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: shove_it

How about an implant that prevents someone from continually voting a Kenyan Marxist into office?


3 posted on 03/15/2014 7:51:30 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: shove_it

I can use it, too!

I think my memory button has been compromised………..


4 posted on 03/15/2014 7:51:34 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: shove_it

When you get to brain transplants we have many in DC to the front of the line


5 posted on 03/15/2014 7:51:51 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Zippy the a##clown sez..............)
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To: shove_it

ironically brain implants will be silicone also


6 posted on 03/15/2014 7:52:52 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: shove_it

I think it was Norm Van Brocklin who was suffering from some brain problem and said in a press conference that he hoped to get a transplant from a sports writer, as he wanted one that had not been used.


7 posted on 03/15/2014 7:54:50 AM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: tophat9000

LOL!

Will a silicone brina implant make my head look bigger?


8 posted on 03/15/2014 7:56:41 AM PDT by shove_it (my real nickname is Otter)
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To: shove_it

I also need a spelling implant.


9 posted on 03/15/2014 7:57:47 AM PDT by shove_it (my real nickname is Otter)
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To: shove_it

Millions of people with diabetes end up with retinal damage / visual impairment. That alone will lead to far more people with artificial retinas for vision; and you’ll see it become as routine as knee implants because vision is important for independent living.


10 posted on 03/15/2014 7:58:31 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: tbw2
Millions of people with diabetes end up with retinal damage / visual impairment. That alone will lead to far more people with artificial retinas for vision; and you’ll see it become as routine as knee implants because vision is important for independent living.

Look for it to be explicitly denied under ObamaCare.

11 posted on 03/15/2014 8:02:08 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: shove_it

What’s really going to be interesting - depending if liberals fail and mankind survives - is without question in the future they are going to be able to grow patients new organs. If someone needs a new heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, they will be able to take that patients stem cells and program those cells to form a new organ and there will be absolutely no rejection. Is that scary or what? People could end up living twice as long as they do now, 140 - 200 years. They would probably be blind, deaf and brainless ha ha but they would be alive. And if they solve neural problems, for example the ability to create new nerves, repair and/or create nerve connections, program new neural pathways which will happen IF mankind can exist long enough, people could end up immortal which could end up being hell on earth. Imagine living in a world where Nancy Pelosi would live forever.


12 posted on 03/15/2014 8:04:14 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: shove_it
And the best part is: Nothing ever goes wrong... goes wrong... goes wrong...

Regards,

13 posted on 03/15/2014 8:04:32 AM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: 19th LA Inf

“I think it was Norm Van Brocklin who was suffering from some brain problem and said in a press conference that he hoped to get a transplant from a sports writer, as he wanted one that had not been used.”

That’s funny.

When my spouse and I had our will done, the attorney ask about donating organs upon our demise. I told him I would donate my brain for transplant but nothing more. I then ask him to stipulate in my will the type of person and the bodily characteristics of whon it went to... Must be caucasian, male, tall, handsome, well-hung etc. I figured it could be a win-win. If somebody is going to get a great brain, I should at least get a great body.

He refused to do it...


14 posted on 03/15/2014 8:08:49 AM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: shove_it
I have a couple of questions.

Imagine that it is 2024 and you have just had your 22nd and final brain implant leaving you with a 100% synthetic brain. You now fully understand both Special and General Relativity as well as Bell's Theorem and you have started making major contributions to Tabast Theory (Tachyon Based String Theory or TBST).

Question: Are You YOU?

Question: If so, do you claim you are conscious?

15 posted on 03/15/2014 8:08:59 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Imagine living in a world where Nancy Pelosi would live forever.

AAAYEEEAAA! Term limits MUST be enacted!

16 posted on 03/15/2014 8:09:28 AM PDT by shove_it (my real nickname is Otter)
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To: babygene

Given the state of technology this would be a joke.


17 posted on 03/15/2014 8:09:42 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: shove_it
How soon can we expect to see brain implants for perfect memory, enhanced vision, hypernormal focus or an expert golf swing?

Once upon a time, I would have been first in line for a direct brain to interwebz connection.

Now, no [rude word] way.

Think -- ad banners in your field of vision, and downhill from there.

18 posted on 03/15/2014 8:17:35 AM PDT by Lee N. Field (I beat wasp nests with a stick for fun.)
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To: shove_it; All

Interesting concept, what about those of us who suffer brain injury/ies...Could this be used to bring us back to “normal”?


19 posted on 03/15/2014 8:19:57 AM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: Lee N. Field

But oh the dreams you’d get.


20 posted on 03/15/2014 8:20:54 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: basil
"I think my memory button has been compromised……….."

Me too, its like I think I read something about this just recently, but I can't remember where or when.

21 posted on 03/15/2014 8:32:27 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: shove_it

Wait till advertisers learn how to exploit this. You get a craving in your head for a Big Mac: did it come from you or was it inserted via your Brain-Internet interface? Scary stuff.


22 posted on 03/15/2014 8:43:45 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Imagine living in a world where Nancy Pelosi would live forever.

It would be just like the world with Jimma Cata.


23 posted on 03/15/2014 8:44:17 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You want to know what will drive humans to extinction?
When it becomes possible to experience virtual sex that is indistinguishable from the real thing. All the pleasure without the expense or nagging.


24 posted on 03/15/2014 8:45:56 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: rbg81

Such a hypothetical world might pleasure itself to death.

I don’t think it’ll actually happen though.

Just like many dope dealers studiously never touch the stuff. They’d rather live soberly, if crookedly, off the proceeds.


25 posted on 03/15/2014 8:47:52 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: rbg81

Also... I don’t care what Kinsey or Dr Joyce Brothers or Dr Ruth says... there is an emptiness about pleasure-only sex. It is a kind of rapture in meaninglessness.


26 posted on 03/15/2014 8:49:40 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

They have those. It’s called a “functioning brain”. . .


27 posted on 03/15/2014 9:32:25 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: shove_it

Lots of luck making that work.


28 posted on 03/15/2014 10:01:50 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: shove_it

Here is your HOPE Obama


29 posted on 03/15/2014 10:37:46 AM PDT by Recompennation (Constitutional protection for all not ju st selectively for Democrats.)
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To: InterceptPoint

You’re asking about a version of the ship of Theseus paradox. You can see some relevant arguments here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus

Personally. I think you’re still “you” as long as you never stop being you. It’s like saying if I am able to take a pill which makes me instantly have the body if Mr Universe, am I still the same person? I think I would be,


30 posted on 03/15/2014 11:17:29 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: shove_it
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?


31 posted on 03/15/2014 1:17:50 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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