Traditional materials, such as gold, silicon and steel, form scars during implantation.
Scientists have discovered an innovative bio-synthetic material that they believe can be used to combine artificial intelligence with the human brain.
This breakthrough was announced today on August 17 at a virtual exhibition of the American Chemical Society.
This is an important step toward integrating electronics with the human body to create half-human, half-robotic cyborg creatures.
Connecting electronics to human tissues has been a serious problem, as traditional materials such as gold, silicon and steel form scars during implantation.
Scars not only cause damages but also interfere with the transmission of electrical signals between the computer and the muscles or tissues of the brain. Researchers at the University of Delaware have been able to overcome this with different types of polymers.
“We started studying organic electrically conductive materials, such as electrically conductive polymers, which were used in non-biological devices. We found a chemically stable sample that was sold as an antistatic coating for electronic displays,” they said.
The polymer, known as PEDOT, has exactly the properties that are necessary for the interaction of electronic equipment with human tissues, without causing scarring, as well as significantly improving the performance of medical implants.
Several companies and research institutes are already working on the technology of connecting the brain to computers. Neuralink of Elon Musk is probably the closest to creating a product.
The startup Neuralink was founded by SpaceX founder Elon Musk in 2016, but so far little is known about it. Last year, the company announced that it had developed a device that could directly connect the human brain to a computer. Musk announced on Twitter that more details about Neuralink will appear on August 28.
At the moment, in the short term, Neuralink seems to be trying to be used to treat diseases of the brain, such as Parkinson’s. In the future, perhaps technology will be able to do more. The company is testing Neuralink on animals and hopes to be able to begin research on humans this year.
Neuralink’s development of the “Direct Cortical Interface,” according to Musk, should help people achieve a higher level of cognition and give them a chance to compete with artificial intelligence.