Could Neural Lace Connect Our Brains To The Internet?


Shh, I’m drafting an email about the gif
vs jif debate. Sent, Our brains are individuals. Little gelatinous masses… But Silicon Valley superstars want to create
something from science fiction that would change all that — a new tech called neural
lace. “Neural lace” was coined by Iain Banks
in a long running set of science fiction novels. In the books, the tech helps brains interact
with AI, and with each other. Back in the real world, tech companies want
to give your brain this same upgrade! No, thank you, I say. Good day, sir. Neural lace might sound shiney, but it’s
just another way of saying, Brain Computer Interface — something scientists have experimented
with for decades. This totally took off in the 90s, and by the
late 2000s there were more than 100 new, peer-reviewed papers a year just looking at how to hook
up man to machine… We’ve hooked up rats to these things with
mixed results. We’ve made it so paralyzed people could
move a cursor or feel sensations. We’ve even made the whole thing wireless! Right now, tbh, BCI’s are not awesome. They suck up information about brain activity…
like brainwaves with EEGs, or blood flow with fMRIs. They can measure activity with electrodes,
but to date no BCI can directly interconnect and read neurons in the brain. We just get a general idea of what’s going
on. And that’s what neural lace is promising. A direct, hard connection. Right now, it’s sort of like we’re watching
the brain through binoculars, rather than going over and just having a chat. Which makes humanity sound like real creepers. Neural lace’s promise, is that the lace
would be injected into the brain, embed itself, and then live in there, intertwined with your
brain cells — translating your thoughts into computers, uploading and downloading information
from networks and so on. This could improve memory, and allow us to
keep up with AI — we could even communicate with each other! I know, it sounds amazing. But it doesn’t exist, yet. Not in the way you’re thinking. Yes, Elon Musk, the Lex Luthor slash Tony
Stark of our day has teased it. But we’re not there yet. Here’s where we are: A prototype of brain-injectible
technology was published in Nature Nanotechnology in 2015. After injection, this nanoscopic plastic-and-metal
mesh embedded itself in mouse brains. That’s it. We’ve invented a plug. A socket. A place where we can start to connect a brain
to something else. This seems akin to learning how wires work,
and saying we’ve invented the internet, computer and the smartphone. The paper made a splash, because it’s the
first successful embedding. Right now, BCI’s require invasive brain
surgery, massive computers, or are just too crude to be useful. This is just an injection. Which is a huge win! But… Being able to add an interface right into
the brain is a step down the path to The Singularity — when man and machine become one… but
it’s just ah- step. Think about it… what’s the lace going
to run on? glucose from the brain? It would need to be more efficient than the
brain itself. It would need to communicate out of the head
reliably, and would need to not cause the immune system to reject it, or adapt if cells
moved or died nearby. Right now, it’s being seen as a way to deliver
drugs or therapy for Parkinson’s, diagnose head injuries or treat cancers, at the moment
it’s still fairly science fictional. But the promise of being completely interconnected
is pretty incredible! So count on hearing about it, a lot, in the
coming years. I mean, we’re basically cyborgs already…
using phones and computers to augment our brains, so why not just plug them right in? Look, we’re doing all this to better integrate
man and machine so we can compete with AI, right? Well, we might be out of luck because robots
can sense emotions via radio waves. We’re screwed. Check out this video, here for more info. And let us know down in the comments if you
are worried about AI, cause some of you probably are, and please subscribe for more Seeker.

100 thoughts on “Could Neural Lace Connect Our Brains To The Internet?

  1. Once approved, go ahead and hook me up. Reading takes soooooo long. It would be a lot nicer to wake up tomorrow knowing things rather than knowing I have to study it. Direct link to others brains. Sure! We communicate all the time. It would be much nicer if we all knew the same stuff, or had access to that info at a bat of an eye.

  2. Ya sorry. Using a phone or a computer is not the same thing as being a cyborg. Need to find a better selling point than trying to make a stretch beyond what is rational to accept. I do not accept that using a phone makes me a cyborg. I do not accept that using a computer makes me a cyborg. No more than I would accept sitting in a car makes me an automobile. Thats just bad advertising. Elon Musk knows better. Hes just trying hard to sell the idea.

  3. I got a question for +Seeker
    With the trouble of scarce water. what do the world do to safe or converse clean water from the whole world?
    I would eeally appreciates the answer
    thank you

  4. You can't hypnotize someone through the nerve that wiggles their pinky toe, so don't worry too much… It'll be something you have to willfully practice like muscle memory to actually use it, and you'll also be able to not use it, like not wiggling your pinky toe. Also, only the richest people will have access to this for quite some time, so good luck. Now I'm picturing someone like Trump telepathically controlling a robotic army to scrape the poor people off the fences of their gated communities. haha, we're gonna starve!

  5. This is how #TheSingularity will work in the long run. We won't be "fighting" Machines we'll become "one" with them

  6. The problem is most all programming and storage is digital today and the brain is analog waves. Knowledge is stored in waves not in a cell. You can connect to the cell but the information will only be in the cell a short time then disbursed as a wave.

  7. Warning:I am 14 years old
    What i think is If our brains connect to the internet it means our brain would be hackable and sombody could kill you with a flick of a switch.

  8. hey… I just thought of something. If you build an AI by mimicking the human brain, how difficult or easily could it learn to understand the human brain beyond human comprehension? Meaning… Wouldn't the AI learn and understand how to control human thought through what could be very simple means? anyone?

  9. I'm just so happy to think that so many bastards and right chauvinists shit heads and religious bigots will opt outof it and let the rest of us become a super intelligence. The Neanderthals

  10. I could use a brain-boost. I'll probably volunteer for one of these devices at some point so long as it isn't dangerous. Yes, I know any new technology involves risk, but I think it's a good idea in principle, so go Elon! ๐Ÿ‘

  11. I always envisioned this as something that would be done with bioprinted bodies and brains. Injecting so many electrodes into an already formed brain risks damage to the brain so I only see that where absolutely medically necessary.

    We might first see more peripheral connections outside the brain for example, a chip with a few electrodes in the groin area could easily amplify or even instigate a sexual response, sort of a Viagra via Bluetooth. A chip and a few electrodes could help with diabetic neuropathy. All without actually interfacing with the brain itself. Peripheral neural machine connections would also help develop the technology before any actual brain to machine connections become common place.

    If it does become possible, imagine a chip that only provides better memory. Suddenly you would have the symbiot concept seen in Deep Space Nine and in Stargate S10, where people could have the memories of countless lifespans. This would impact how government leaders are appointed and even how people qualify for numerous trades and professions. It would also impact our concept of self. Will it lead to better individuals as seen in the Star Trek franchise or megalomania as seen in the Stargate franchise?

    I also called this concept a neural mesh, guess I wasn't reading the right sci-fi novel.

  12. Implant the net, add an external, shielded socket, invent a wireless, robust, non-hackable gizmo interface for the socket, human individual specific to prevent unauthorized use, (Goobye F'in paswords!). When you want it, plug in, when you don't plug out.

  13. It doesn't have to be so complex as a computer in your brain. Adding that mesh and just measuring the resistance that comes back can tell you a lot with proper machine interpretation happening outside the body.

  14. Allowing the scumbags that run this planet direct physical access to your brain ……… what could possibly go wrong ?????Apparently they never heard of a keyboard ………….. the agenda is not to enable us but to enslave us …… yet there are probably hoards of brainwashed, indoctrinated idiots in our population that will swallow this lie hook line and sinker. In the end the NWO plans to enforce this on everyone by the leverage of the cashless society and brute force.

  15. can we just connect a 'new limb' to brain, that is 'digital' instead of reading everything in it?
    – say, instead of tail control and touch sensors etc… (since we don't have tails, but the brain is probably still similar enough to use them….)
    – or some completely new 'limb' but not reading every neuron and potentially every thought…. that would be great, thanks ^^

  16. Have you thought about cyber risks? :/ sorry but what if an AI can DDoS our brain? After all singularity is the greatest fear of today's world

  17. 3:05 iirc ( i'm not a medic ) the inside of the skull doesn't reject external organs… for some reason. Any medic who's got a clue?

  18. i believe the key to this technology to be safer is personalization….the ability of the technology to be flexible enough to adapt to our needs and everybody can keep their own individuality but still connected to the rest…it also make the technology impossible to be hacked since the technology is always developing and adapting to yourself

  19. This mind reading technology is more advanced and sophisticated than people think. At the moment there is thousands of non-consensual victims being targeted with this neuro-technology in the USA. The NSA, Darpa, Navy, CIA, DOD, Universities, Hospitals and other military agencies have been working around the clock for years trying to hack the human brain and have been successful. The human target ingests highly conductive nanoparticles which become imbedded in the human brain and his blood stream, extremely covert and highly effective. No wires or chips attached to your head. The perpetrator is able to send and receive radiowaves (electrical activity) coming from the human brain or body. Any physiological setting in your body and brain can be manipulated remotely from hundreds of miles away. Brain to Brain telepathy is possible (no wires or chips attached to the head) , seeing through the eyes of the human target, seeing the images in the brain of the target on a computer screen, dream recording and inception, remote neural monitoring, covertly manipulating a human brain through radiowaves. Look up 'Targeted Individual' on Youtube, look up 'Remote Neural Monitoring' on Youtube hundreds of victims. Vulnerable victims are chosen carefully who can be discredited. The FBI refuses to acknowledge this technology exists, the Mainstream News Media refuses to report it due to lack of proof and how covert it is & the general public refuses to listen to the targeted individuals who are being harrased daily with radiowaves. New laws and Neuro Ethics need to be put in place to protect your family from this form of radiowave/covert harrasment. The future is already here.

  20. Wirelessy linking our brains to a computer system will make us vulnerable to HACKING and become the technological equivalent of "DEMONIC POSSESSION"

  21. il get one as long as a few conditions are met

    1: the operating system is not owned or made by a large corporation like microsoft, google or facebook,etc
    2: it has an OFF switch (without damaging my brain)
    3: i can remove the SIM card when i want to change carriers
    4: i dont need an explosive lithium battery inside my skull
    5: i can use it to watch youtube or pornhub without paying extra
    6: IT HAS ADBLOCK, FREE ANTIVIRUS AND A FIREWALL BUILT IN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Shit I thought I made this up. But itโ€™s a thing. This is the future maybe not the mesh thing. Canโ€™t wait for companies to start developing this Iโ€™ll be investing heavily in this tech.

  23. Please don't do this to yourselves. It's not a good idea. Nearly all new tech nowadays is killing your privacy more and more.

  24. Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.(Revelation 13:18) "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

  25. Not worried at all, looking forward to being connected to the Singularity… when I'm 99 ๐Ÿ˜€
    as someone in China said: if you want to hide a drop of water, what better place than an ocean…. I'm a drop of water ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. it would have to be privatised and moderated to protect from malice or abuse and therefore wouldnt be good to anyone who likes freedom or privacy

  27. Sigh another idea I had that I find on the internet later. Well at least it's not done yet. If they could make the injectable substance capable of replicating from the hippocampus it would be perfect for helping memory. A set of neurons associated with a memory could be saved under a file, then stimulated later as fresh as it was first perceived.

  28. Also wireless uplinks to computers are unnecessary. As long as they are port activated, or even just relay commands, then neural links wouldn't be in much danger of hacking and the benefits of improved memory and processing could still remain.

  29. They could link psychologically ill people to a computer so that they could know how they think and what's wrong!

  30. I can finally move past my slow and inaccurate hands for playing my games :~) Here come the big league's

  31. Amazing! You guys summed up everything! Should I add that this could be the future of collaborative intelligence or the doomsday machine? Sockets and wires are just the beginning, once we develop the necessary infrastructure for smooth brain to brain communication, things might speed up pretty fast. I hope no one invents neural viruses to mess it all up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. It's just an ultimate tool to control people's minds in various purposes.Also, it's not good, that intellect and knowledge will become something, that can be bought with money.It's wrong and doesn't sound like a sign of a good future.

  33. If you can't beat them join them. Why not use machine language to understand the brain's communication and send it externally?

  34. Wet ware is not the answer, its too invasive and prone to being attacked or hacked. How about a headset with neural links at the temples?

  35. Think of it more as a message bus with greater bandwidth than interfacing on your phone with two thumbs, or your keyboard with ten fingers. An interface to be sure, but think of it as an accessory. A keyboard by itself, or in this case the lace injected into rats, isn't much of anything in and of itself. It's how we use that keyboard to input into a system and retrieve results. It's a bandwidth problem. Our brains can operate orders of magnitude faster than just our thumbs on a smart phone, or ten fingers on a keyboard.

  36. So you can send a memory with vibes and feelings or … a you can send a email without texting OH YHA IM GOING TO DO THIS IN 2031 when Iโ€™m around 20s

  37. I don't want to be connected to the web. However I do want an upgraded brain that's can absorb info at inhuman speeds. That way I don't have to waste hours reading textbooks to study.

  38. Hive mind technology, if you upload your brain to the internet are you even you anymore or everyone and everything around you what's digital. There will be no individuality, how will you even live like that with everyone's thoughts and messages and notifications bouncing around in your head all day.

  39. Elon Musk neuralink ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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