The First Human Brain Chip Implant: A Glimpse into the Future?
The Bible states, “He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark.” — Revelation
On January 30th, Beijing time, Elon Musk announced on the social platform “X” that the first human has received an implant from Neuralink, a brain-machine interface company, and is currently recovering well. Initial results show promising indications of neuron spike detection.
According to a report by the Economic Daily on November 13, 2023, earlier in 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a human trial by Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink. By September 2023, the company had begun recruiting volunteers for its first human trial.
The concept of brain-machine interfaces originated from the idea conceived by computer scientist Jacques Vidal in 1973, where electrodes placed on the scalp could detect real-time signals emitted by the brain and translate them for computer control.
In recent years, inspired by Musk, a group of audacious neuroscientists have embarked on the path of manipulating a robot to implant coin-sized devices into the human brain, aiming to create a new breed of superhumans with enhanced memory, everlasting souls, and a blend of man and machine. However, this path is not without its challenges.
Acumen Research and Consulting released a forecast report in October this year, suggesting that the global brain-machine interface market will continue to expand in the coming years. This growth will primarily stem from the increasing demand for assistive technologies, advancements in neural and machine learning technologies, integration with virtual and augmented reality systems, and collaboration with AI technologies.
Online users were shocked, and many expressed their concerns:
- WangSongGui: I support technological advancements, but I am not willing to implant something foreign into my body.
- WuQuming: If our phones are already under surveillance, are our brains next?
- Juzishu: This is terrifying! What if one day only people with implanted chips are allowed to engage in transactions, as they are easier to control? And those of us who refuse to have implants are confined to the dark… It’s so scary to even think about!
- KangMingLai: At first, they claim it’s for treating central nervous system diseases, but in the end, it might result in creating “super soldiers.”
- guoyc999: I share the same thoughts. While I welcome progress, I do not want something that can control and monitor my thoughts in my body.
- GeBaiJiu: I hope when you actually need these things, you can still be so firm in your stance. // @houseXinQiji: Keep it for yourself.
- aokamu321: Musk’s ultimate goal has reached a crossroads. Eradicating the physical body while preserving mental memory, achieving longevity and immortality through machinery.