Researchers at Brown University have developed an extraordinary new device: an implant that is the first wireless, implantable, rechargeable, long-term brain-computer interface. You can now be your own Johnny Mnemonic. Having tried out the implant on pigs and monkeys, the researchers are ready to use it in willing human subjects. For those of us who are fans of the cult classic “The President’s Analyst,” the Brown implant seems vaguely familiar.
The device is a hermetically sealed titanium object about the size and shape of a pacemaker. It is connected to a small chip with 100 electrodes protruding from it that is embedded in the somatosensory cortex or motor cortex. The result is that you will never again lose your iPad or phone . . . as long as you do not lose your head or overload like Johnny Mnemonic.
The question is who is really behind this research. The answer is obvious . . .