Coming To A Brain Near You: Cerebrum Communicator

Johnny_mnemonic_ver1Researchers 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 . . .

Source: ExtremeTech

42 thoughts on “Coming To A Brain Near You: Cerebrum Communicator”

  1. If you dont believe me about the Cardinals and their Beanies then get on the short wave radio and go to the big fat voice of America station out of Central Europe. Just past that one, listen to the little beeps. Morse code. The beeps are beamed up to a satellite of sorts that sends it back to Remulak. You will notice a lot of agitation when they elect the Pope. Oddsmakers in Vegas will tune in and the guy in favor will be the one the Oddsmakers have identified. Place your bets.

    If you are a catolic, never give Confession to a Priest with a beanie on. A red beanie on a Cardinal is a sure thing for a listening and dictation device.

  2. Streetwise, the article allows for people like Dr Sweet that I wrote about above to get government $$$ to “study” these people and “treat” them, with or without their knowledge. (Forget whether his ‘work’ can be replicated or is based in reality.)

  3. My brother recently sent this article – very interesting. I gave a copy to the local police chief as there’s a convicted felon and serial child molester in our area. Subsequently I observed the child molester testifying in court and studied his skull with this article in mind. He fits the profile.

    Interestingly, this can be detected in kindergarten.

  4. Leejcaroll,

    Electronic Brain Stimulation (EBS) a form of electrotherapy is more common than I thought! Great articles!

  5. here is one more, like the syphilis “studies” conducted on the unknowing.
    Boston Biomed Inst. *

    Human Radiation Experiments

    The Boston Project in the early 1950s included the use of radioactive strontium, polonium, radium, and uranium. Between 1953 and 1957, 11 terminally ill patients at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston were injected with uranium as part of an experimental program sponsored by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. All the patients received high doses of uranium. As a result their physical conditions worsened and most of them died. The experiments were conducted by Dr. William Sweet, a neurosurgeon who had received his degree from Harvard Medical School. The objective of the program was two-fold. First, it was an opportunity to learn about the effects of uranium on human subjects, so that information could be used in improving safety standards among workers engaged in projects involving nuclear energy. Second, the experiments were conducted to determine if uranium would localize in the brain, allowing it to be used to treat cancer. As a result, Sweet received the prestigious Harvey Cushing Medal from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

    Hopefully this remains a thing of the past and not the present or the future.

  6. Ross. I went to a neurosurgeon once, a guy who was a major name. He told me he wanted to do one kind of surgery on me but when I got to MGH it turned out he wanted to do a ‘mini frontal lobotomy” He did not want to do it to help my pain but apparently so I would not be able to make a credible witness in a separate medical malpractice case.
    This doctor testified before congress a number of years before that (this was in 1980 or 81) that black populations rioted in places like Watts because they had neurological problems and if they had surgery that would be the way to curtail their ‘violence’ and anti-social tendencies.,+neurosurgeon,+civil+rights&source=bl&ots=lgk9fGabTY&sig=IRovHBvdx5trACmZ8Oj-u9VEQKA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zX02UcKBN–40gGF0YCADw&sqi=2&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q&f=false pg 62

    “As the controversy heated up, a physician who asked for anonymity directed me to published remarks made by the three doctors concerning the use of brain surgery to suppress black urban rioters. Soon after, in 1973, I received a brown envelope from an unidentified source in the Department of Justice (DOJ). It contained an in-house memo documenting that Mark and Ervin were receiving funds from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for experiments in psychosurgery for violence control. Meanwhile, Ervin was also receiving money from the Department of Justice for research on genetic factors in violent crime. Sweet was involved as a supporter, co-author, and a member of the private foundation that funneled the government funds to Mark and Ervin.

    In a 1967 letter entitled “Role of Brain Disease in Riots and Urban Violence” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Mark, Sweet and Ervin, much like current violence-initiative advocates, focused on individual vulnerability rather than upon larger social, economic or political factors. They asked, “if slum conditions alone determined and initiated riots, why are the vast majority of slum dwellers able to resist the temptations of unrestrained violence? Is there something peculiar about the violent slum dweller that differentiates him from his peaceful neighbor?”

    Mark, Sweet and Ervin went on to suggest that this “peculiarity” was “brain dysfunction.” They called for large-scale studies of the inner city to “pinpoint, diagnose, and treat those people with low violence thresholds before they contribute to further tragedies.” In a supportive “Medical News” report a few weeks later, JAMA lauded Mark and Ervin’s psychosurgery as a “public health” measure.

  7. Thanks Gene and Swarthmore and Dredd for the reminder on ID. I hope the surgery was successful!

  8. RWL: Not my area of expertise. My issue is totally out of control intel agencies that essentially use regular citizens – like you or your family or neighbors for testing – without consent or even knowledge. That is my concern and area of expertise: constitutional violations by constitutionally sworn officers.

  9. Frankly:

    What I want more than anything would be a way to eliminate residual unnecessary memories (I still remember the phone number from my childhood home) and defragment & compact my brain. That would be worth a fortune!

    I am guessing that you have experience of life to the extent that you might be (chronologically at least) youth-challenged.
    I understand it will get worse. In time, you will remember the name of the midwife who assisted in your delivery – and what she said as you appeared. You might even recall overhearing *her* number. You will ring that number in an effort to discover who the hell you are.

    Compressing those early memories will only leave more space for stuff that you have completely forgotten and have no hope of ever getting back.

    What you need …..Stop! ….Too late!
    What you needed was a brain implant that would record your life and store it someplace like
    – “In the cloud” – which would be a diskdrive in a hut in India powered by cow dung (with traces of horse poop)
    – “Securely” – which would be someplace like
    — In a marketing database sold by Google to advertisers
    — In a big building like

    And the good news is:

    When you try to access your memories, you could well get the memories of someone who has had a way more interesting life (in the positive sense of this) than you actually had.

    If you get bad memories, then it’s someone else’s fault, and you can sue.

    So it’s all good.

  10. RWL, I just heard from one person with chronic pain that they give her small amount of ECT every so often (forget how often) and she says it helps her immensely. Aetna says it is potentially beneficial for CRPS, complex regional pain syndrome.
    They do still use it for major depression and some other psychiatric disorders. It is not used only in the matter of dangerous to self or other.
    (I know 2 people who had it for depression but they were not dangerous to either.)

  11. A college roommate turned me on to “The President’s Analyst”. Interesting film.

    As for those of you wondering where id707 is, Smom is right. He said he was having some kind of surgery middle of last week.

  12. Ross, Leejcaroll, & Mike S et al:

    In America (or even around the globe), Is it still legal to use electric impulses, shocks, via electrodes or some other method for ‘dangerous to others and themselves’ pyschiatric patients? Or is it all done with drugs?

    Or maybe I need to stop watching “A Beautiful Mind” (Russell Crowe) or “Shutter Island” (Leo Decraprio)?

  13. If it can make boobs bigger when I am having a lap dance or two, then it is fine with me.

  14. frankly:

    just do it your self. go through your file folders and organize everything.

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