What’s brain hacking? In simple words, hacking in to some one’s brain. Sounds interesting eh! Think about it. Just a jolt of electricity is all that it takes to enter in to someone’s mind, even your own. With the correct techniques and machinery, you would be able to make your mind learn, what it thought was “difficult to learn”. Solving problems, which always seemed unsolvable. Basically you can “teach” your mind.
And this is just the beginning to this whole new mind control era. Thinking of what we might be able to achieve, all the limitless possibilities. Helping people solve the mysteries of mind, control situations and what not. Basically, knowing what’s in the dark. Once the human brain accepts an implanted chip, the prospects of an intelligent being simply increase.
According to the researchers, this will help us know more about the brain. And as we educate ourselves more, we might be able to use electricity to enhance focus, memory, learning, mathematical ability and pattern recognition. Moreover, these electric waves might just be able to eradicate and eliminate depression and ward off cognitive decline.
With the use of computer chips in our brain, we might be able to search the internet for whatever we require. Also with the use of the respective chips, we might be able to upload new information or skills in to our brain, just like Neo learning Kung-Fu in The Matrix. Basically, giving our brain an “info-boost”.
Now the only barrier to this technology currently is how to decode the brain, which is how the brain works. Let’s say every human being has a different set of codes that we have to decode. And this is what is under research these days, with billions of dollars on it.
Gary Marcus is a professor of psychology at New York university, and also an editor for the upcoming book “The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists”. Also an ardent researcher in this filed says:” I don’t think there’s and doubt we’ll eventually understand the brain” he adds on “the big question is how long it’s going to take”.
In addition to this, the technologies which are used to enhance our learning ability also play a vital role. There’s a possibility of them providing us with evidences or hints that could help prevent and eradicate cognitive decline, treat mental illness, and even the restoration of eyesight, or hearing to the deaf.
A few of these techniques are already in use.
If we look back, the use of electric simulations have always been there in history. There are evidences that The Ancient Greeks and Romans, including Pliny the Elder, used electric shocks on themselves to fix headaches. According to Michael Weisend, neuroscientists at Wright State Research Institution, there are treatments like trans cranial direct current stimulation (TDCS), which seem like a ray of hope for depression patients, epilepsy and other drug-resistant brain disorders.
Furthermore, Neural implants also show a lot of potential. They are currently used to transmit sound to the brain to provide a certain type of hearing for the deaf. Interestingly, when they are attached to a camera they also capture shape and motion and later on transmit them to the brain, which in return give the visually impaired some sight.
Stepping in to this new era of brain understanding is an achievement in itself, but even more amazing are the number of doors this technology will open for us.