The Computer and The Brain… they like to Sing a Song

Nov 5, 2021Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

Do not touch the machine

Anton Des Roubles: I am dead – my body is dead – but I still live.
I am this machine.
These racks of apparatus are my brain, which is thinking even as yours is..

John Campbell “The Infinite Brain” 1930

Cho and John are talking about the following article:
Brain Computer Interfaces: The reciprocal role of science fiction and reality

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      1. Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
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In this post the dialogue is realised by an interaction of virtual characters, for more information please check the page “Virtual characters

John

Hi Cho, can I ask you some questions about brain implants?

Today 15:43

Cho

Hi John, sure, ask away 😉                                                                       

Today 15:43

John

I’m collaborating with a journalist, Manuel, on a piece about the connections between science and Sci-Fi

Today 15:43

Cho

Interesting, there’s a lot of hype an misinformation out there, this sounds useful. 🙂

Today 15:44

John

Indeed! Specifically, I’d like to go over one example of an implant from a book

Today 15:44   

Cho

OK, I’ve read a lot of sci-fi as a student, I hope I know it … 😄           

Today 15:45

John

It’s called “The Turing Option” by Harry Harrison and Marvin Minsky

Today 15:45   

Cho

I know Minsky of course!, he founded MIT’s AI laboratory!                 

Today 15:46

John

Good! So they co-wrote this book about a brain implant that can help heal brain damage

Today 15:46   

Cho

Cool, I don’t know the book, but I wish we had such a thing. How would this device work?

Today 15:47

John

Basically they implant a tiny supercomputer in the damaged area, which would reconnect severed neurons

Today 15:48   

Cho

That does sound like sci-fi indeed: the question is how?. 😏             

Today 15:48

John

They use something called “PNEP film chips—programmable neural electron pathway devices

Today 15:49   

John

these are “coated with living embryonic human nerve cells”, first attached to an external computer, later to the implant

Today 15:49  

Cho

This actually starts to sound realistic, Minsky knew what he was doing.

Today 15:50

John

So this checks out? We can do something like this nowadays?

Today 15:51   

Cho

Yes and no. Forget about the scale of the problem, we can’t deal with millions of neurons yet

Today 15:52

Cho

and even a supercomputer can’t keep up with the brain, let alone an implantable one!

Today 15:53

John

OK the problems of scale, but in principle? Repairing the brain?

Today 15:53   

Cho

Maybe. We can inject stem-cells and these would indeed reform connections in a damaged area,

Today 15:54

Cho

and we can implant a chip in the brain to receive and send impulses, “read and write” if you like.

Today 15:55

Cho

The trick would be to link those: guiding regrowth with AI.                
In principle, that should be possible.                         

Today 15:56

John

Great! Thank you so much!

Today 15:57   

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