If artificial intelligence doesn’t seem to be making as much progress as we’d like, there are some other ways to try to create more intelligent beings on demand. If we can’t breed smarter animals, perhaps we can make some animal cyborgs to do our bidding. We’ll need some better brain interfaces, and it looks like plenty of folks are already working on them.
- Neurobiologists have figured out how to connect multiple brains together by implanting microwire electrode arrays in animals — and proving two heads are actually better than one. Researchers accomplished this feat with rat and monkey brains (not mixing the species, mind you, that would be crazy…), and they found multiple brains could perform tasks that single brains could not. These ‘brainets’ could someday be used on human brains… so imagine a Beowulf cluster of human brains? [url]
- A low-cost headset called the Brainwriter can control digital interfaces with thought-detection and eye tracking sensors. It’s not exactly a finished product yet, but… similar gadgets could become much more useful in the near future. [url]
- Brain implants might be far less invasive with injectable electrode meshes that can unfurl onto various kinds of nerve or brain cells. Injecting flexible electronics into mice brains via a syringe has been a demonstrated way to monitor brain activity, and researchers might be able to create a brain interface — so we could create a super-intelligent rat brain network to take over the world. [url]
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