A startup named Kernel has just revealed it’s plans to develop a special type of brain prosthetic that will help people remember things better.
This new type of prosthetic is aimed at people who already suffer from various types of mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
In addition to this natural diseases, they also hope to help people who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury which has robbed them of their memory power.
To help these people remember things in a better way, this yet unnamed prosthetic will be implanted directly in the patient’s brain, where it will intercept and encode electrical signals related to memory.
In this way, it will essentially play the role of a middle man, who is responsible for recognizing the electrical signals generated by the neurons and then transforming them into long term memory.
The inability of the person’s brain to accomplish this task is what causes them to suffer from these types of diseases in the first place.
While we don’t yet know if the system will also feature a Mind Reading Machine that will help people actually recall the memories they have stored, but it is surely something to look forward to.
What we need to remember though, is that the actual use of this prosthetic in a real human patient is quite a long way away, as currently the researchers are still working with animal subjects to prove the efficacy of this treatment.
Yet, somehow the mere fact that something like this is actually being considered is enough to get us excited about how far we have come in the field of medicine, and how bright the future might be.