The science world seems to be on the verge of an incredible breakthrough, with microprocessor manufacturer ARM developing ‘brain-implantable’ microchips.
Working with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, ARM intends to create “bi-directional brain-computer interfaces”.
“The research project will enable us to begin solving real world health problems with brain-implantable chips aimed at tackling a raft of debilitating neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and even paralysis,” says the company.
“The long-term goal is to assist people affected by neurological conditions, by engineering neurotechnology that will help the body heal, feel and move again.”
A big part of the project is understanding what different brain signals mean and how they’re made, so that they can be replicated and understood.
ARM further envisions that this technology could find a solution to various neurological conditions like stroke and spinal cord injury.
Essentially, the microchip could one day be used to send brain signals to stimulators in the spinal cord, bypassing any damage.
“In the future, the device will also be able to send information in the reverse direction, allowing the person to once again feel what their hand is touching,” the company adds.