Neural Dust: tiny wireless implants act as "electroceuticals" for your brain


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/04/neural-dust-tiny-wireless-imp.html


#2

IoT for the brain. What could possibly go wrong?


#3

Are those silver lines with perpendicular structure…nerves?


#4

That is actually cool and one of those wow we really are living in the future things.


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UC Berkeley researchers are developing “Neural Dust,” tiny wireless sensors for implanting in the brain, muscles, and intestines that could someday be used to control you

Cue up Stephenson reference


#6

So fucking cool and so fucking scary all at once.


#7

Reminds me of the things that Tony plugged into his arms in Iron Man 3.

And, for a more dystopian vision of the same thing, of The Matrix.


#8
  1. Sorry I can’t think today, the neural implant server’s down…

  2. Remote wipes of company data after layoffs just got scarier.


#9

Mesothelioma that’s also a botnet?


#10

Yeah, that was my thought - the Internet of People.


#11

Even worse, as far as I can tell—these things don’t even have firmware; they’re just electrodes activated by ultrasound. So anyone who can send an ultrasound signal at the right frequency can activate them.


#12

Isn’t this the plot to “Implant” by Neal Stephenson? Cyberpunk in real life again…


#13

#“SoylentWeb is PEOPLE!”


#14

What does “-ceutical” mean again?


#15

Well, it’s not a commercial product yet, I’m sure they will build in some kind of security. But what happens when Microsoft decides it’s time to upgrade you?


#16

Does tin foil block ultrasound?


#17

it is totally safe - the frequencies are super seekreet and only the good guys know them


#18

Maybe they’re counting on it being difficult to get ultrasound into someone. I have no experience in this field, admittedly, but maybe it requires the transducer to be firmly in contact with the skin?


#19

Oh, that’s possible, I was really just going for a dumb tinfoil hat joke.

Although I have all sorts of real questions from MRIs to the various metal / bomb detectors everyone’s expected to go through these days. It seems like a decent magnetic field could stir your brain into soup.


#20

Obvious dystopian outcomes are obvious.

However, think about the more punkish options. Go to a dance club and the NJ is ripping out some wild sensations. Interface with an uplinked dolphin and go fishing.