What is a Brain Computer Interface (BCI)
A brain–computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a neural-control interface (NCI), is a direct communication pathway between an enhanced or wired brain and an external device.
BCI differs from neuromodulation in that it allows for bidirectional information flow. BCIs are often directed at researching, mapping, assisting, augmenting, or repairing human cognitive or sensory-motor functions. People with severe spinal cord injuries will be able to function again. Blind people will be able to see with mechanical eyes. All of these are the medical possibilities the BCIs will allow
Ever saw the movie matrix? In the movie subjects sit on a chair then have a metal probe inserted into the back of their skulls, this allows them to "jack in". That is a brain computer interface.In the movies BCI's are used to enter a virtual world. Science fiction becoming reality.
With all the benefits brain computer interfaces will bring to the disabled, blind , crippled spinal injuries etc.
This article will focus on the entertainment,super human and life extension possibilities that BCI's will allow.
In the movies the most popular human that uses a BCI is Iron Man.
The advancement in the field of nanotechnology enables the possibility in the future that to install a BCI all you would need to do is injest a pill of nanobots. The nanobots then align themselves to different areas of the brain.
We can currently consider ourselves cyborbs.Why? We all carry around a mobile memory enhancer/camera/encyclopedia in our pockets every day. This device has become so ubiquitious in our lives that we cannot seem to survive without it. Our current access to this memory device is low bandwidth. (meaning the way we enter data is usually by using two fingers.) Scientists at Neurallink are working on a high bandwidth method of delivering