Bryan Johnson just announced that he is going to be investing $100 million to unlock the power of the human brain and make our neural code programmable.Our brains are remarkable machines. They allow us to understand economics, physics, chemistry, and any number of other topics; however, they are much more than just the place where we store our knowledge. They contain all of our memories, our friendships, our dreams — they hold all that we are and all that we could be. In short, our brains house our unending potential.
However, to our great detriment, we understand very little about the human brain.
Diseases like Alzheimer’s strip us of our memories, and we lose the essence of ourselves. Conditions like Parkinson’s take away our autonomy and independence. Together, these diseases impact more than 56 million people worldwide, and these are just two diseases out of a sea of thousands.
But we can fix this. And today, Braintree founder Bryan Johnson announced that he is investing $100 million unlock the power of the human brain and make our neural code programmable.
DECODING THE HUMAN BRAINJohnson’s company, Kernel, is working to create the world’s first neuroprosthesis that can mimic, repair, and improve our cognition. In other words, they are making computers for our brains. These will boost our abilities in order to ensure that we can keep up with artificially intelligent systems — they will help guarantee that robots don’t outstrip us — and also help to combat neurological diseases.
As Johnson notes, “Our connection with our new creations of intelligence is limited by screens, keyboards, gestural interfaces, and voice commands — constrained input/output modalities. We have very little access to our own brains, limiting our ability to co-evolve with silicon-based machines in powerful ways.” He is working to change this and ensure that we have a seamless interface with our technologies (and our AI).
Our biology and genetics have become increasingly programmable; our neural code is next in line.But this is just the beginning. Such advancements could allow us to literally program our neural code, which will let us transform ourselves in currently unimaginable ways. We could literally program ourselves into the people that we want to be.
Read more here: futurism.com/hacking-intelligence-this-company-wants-to-put-a-computer-in-your-brain/