Could computer chips that connect directly to the brain give sight to the blind — or even delete mental illness?
If you’re anything like me, the COVID-19 pandemic has already changed your brain. I don’t mean through sickness, but through fear. Gone are my restful nights. Instead, I now find myself waking at all hours, jolted by the neurotransmitters running amok in my brain.
The brain is at once a powerful and delicate organ. It controls everything we do, yet can fail us completely if not supplied with adequate salt, sugar, water, or rest.
To help calm my worried brain, I recently hosted a virtual town hall on the topic of brain-computer interfaces. I wanted to know: how close are we to understanding and reprogramming the activity of the mind?