A continued stimulus, such as a state of tension, a light or a sound, produces a continued passage of sensory impulses to the central nervous system.
The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today
Manuel and Sandra are talking about the following article:
Do Brain Implants Change Your Identity?
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There are various means and goals when measuring and stimulating the brain, it’s not easy to say stuff in general about this.
It’s not like you install a USB hub in the brain and then hook up your laptop
No, I get that, sure. And it seems to be ethically controversial too 😅
What are some of the questions that come up?
For more general research: what could it be used for? And how could it be abused?
For specific devices: what happens if it does or doesn’t work? And how will people react to their implant?
Could you elaborate on that last one?
Sure. It is always a risk that people reject the implant, in the sense that it feels weird to them
I think I understand: the implanted device feels alien, and it’s not like a walking stick you can leave behind
Nope: it is part of you now, more like the hip replacement that you cannot take out.
So we need to educate and guide people in understanding the procedure and functionality
But still: if it helps you live a more normal life, why would there be a problem. 🤔
Well, Deep Brain Stimulation was developed as treatment for Parkinson’s at first
It reduces the tremors?
Yes, but it is also being used for mental health issues, like depression or OCD.
People feel that it interferes with their autonomy: who am I anymore?
I see, the risk is that it takes away agency and decision making form the patient.
Exactly, but it gets worse!
… Continue to read the conversation between Manuel and Sandra on Saturday 9th October…
The mechanism of action of nerve stimulation is unknown… it is possible that substances are formed under the influence of nerve stimulation
If we liken the nervous currents to electric currents, we can compare the nervous system below the hemispheres to a direct circuit from sense-organ to muscle
The distinction between a “tool” and a prosthesis that is implanted into the body is more apparent than real. …
The firm should have the right to take back what it produced — the collection of artificial organs illegally masquerading as Mr Jones …
Once incorporated into a body, then, a prosthesis is no longer merely an object, in the sense that we can no longer straightforwardly deny that it has or plays a role in a person’s subjectivity
Computing devices in our pocket, Live video chats, Voice commands … The future is already here … it’s just not very evenly distributed
Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster!
I do think that robots deserve rights and there are research projects being carried out today that are looking at robot laws. African-American slaves were given rights when slavery was abolished and they became part of society. Think of animals too – none of them had rights in the beginning but now animal rights are the norm. So if robots can interact with humans, they too should be given rights.
He clasped the beautiful Olympia, and with her flew through the dance…
He thought that his dancing was usually correct as to time, but the peculiarly steady rhythm with which Olympia moved, and which often put him completely out, soon showed him that his time was most defective
Developers did not want its appearance to be over-human, as this would “encourage false expectations with regard to its capabilities” for users…
Imagine a craftsman being awakened suddenly in the dead of night. He searches downstairs for something among a crowd of mannequins in his workshop. If the mannequins started to move, it would be like a horror story…