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The Surgeon Who Wants to Connect You to the Internet with a Brain Implant

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Eric Leuthardt believes that in the near future we will allow doctors to insert electrodes into our brains so we can communicate directly with computers and each other.


by Adam Piore

November 30, 2017


It’s the Monday morning following the opening weekend of the movie Blade Runner 2049, and Eric C. Leuthardt is standing in the center of a floodlit operating room clad in scrubs and a mask, hunched over an unconscious patient.

“I thought he was human, but I wasn’t sure,” Leuthardt says to the surgical resident standing next to him, as he draws a line on the area of the patient’s shaved scalp where he intends to make his initial incisions for brain surgery. “Did you think he was a replicant?”

“I definitely thought he was a replicant,” the resident responds, using the movie’s term for the eerily realistic-looking bioengineered androids.

“What I think is so interesting is that the future is always flying cars,” Leuthardt says, handing the resident his Sharpie and picking up a scalpel. “They captured the dystopian component: they talk about biology, the replicants. But they missed big chunks of the future. Where were the neural prosthetics?”



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I'm currently reading a book called 'The Neutronium Alchemist' which follows 'The Reality Dysfunction' by Peter F. Hamilton. These books involve the future and so much of this future tech we are hearing about appears in these books. These books are dated 1999!

How did this author know so much of what tech is to come so long ago? Mind chips for human/artificial constructs communication, along with the transfer of consciousness upon death into a 'habitat'.

Just amazes me how so many things written about in books etc which seemed so futuristic at the time are already being developed or researched. Scary times.....

BTW I recommend the series by Hamilton, it's a bloody good read!

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