Will Doctors Be Prescribing Computer Chips Someday Soon?
from the electric-avenue dept
This sounds interesting and creepy at the same time. An inventor is developing a computerized implant that goes inside the skull and treats a variety of ailments and diseases. The thinking is that manipulating the brain’s electrical signals can stimulate and heal problem areas, and do so in a much more targeted way than current medication that affects the whole body. There are probably many skeptics out there who have reasonable doubts about this approach, but the guy does have some scientific cred — among other things creating medical devices once thought to be farfetched but in common use today. Also, he’s not the first to develop such a product: he’s been at for seven years and another company will probably beat him to market. If it does come to fruition and actually works (two big if’s, to be sure), the threat to pharmaceuticals would be huge. Don’t be surprised to see lots of brainpower dedicated this issue for the next couple years.