New Technologies

VeriChip is a chip that can be used to track any person who has it implanted into their skin. This achievement opens the door to a fail-safe way to ID any person.

How about microchips to help your memory loss? Well “in this era of high-tech memory management, next in line to get that memory upgrade isn’t your computer, it’s you. Professor Theodore W. Berger, director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California, is creating a silicon chip implant that mimics the hippocampus, an area of the brain known for creating memories. If successful, the artificial brain prosthesis could replace its biological counterpart, enabling people who suffer from memory disorders to regain the ability to store new memories” (Wired News Oct. 22, 2004).

Do you remember the movie “Star Wars?” In many of the scenes Luke Skywater would move objects just by thinking about it. Well we aren’t to far off from the real thing. The reported “Scientists in North Carolina have built a brain implant that lets monkeys control a robotic arm with their thoughts, marking the first time that mental intentions have been harnessed to move a mechanical object. The technology could someday allow people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries to operate machines or tools with their thoughts as naturally as others today do with their hand. It might even allow some paralyzed people to move their own arms or legs again, by transmitting the brain’s directions not to a machine but directly to the muscles in those latent limbs” (Oct. 13, 2003).

Two years after the money received a brain chip on March 2005 a chip was implanted into a paralyzed mans brain. The BBC report stated, “Brain chip reads man’s thoughts” “A paralyzed man in the US has become the first person to benefit from a brain chip that reads his mind. “The pioneering surgery at New England Sinai Hospital, Massachusetts, last summer means he can now control everyday objects by thought alone. The brain chip reads his mind and sends the thoughts to a computer to decipher” (March, 31, 2005).