You wake up after what you thought was minor surgery and …
… it’s not just that it doesn’t feel like your body, it actually isn’t.
Oops. Bureaucratic oversight at the hospital. They say it never happens. Okay, well, sometimes. Actually, it seems there is an investigation going on but … oh, get over yourself! …
Actually, the subject of brain implants was seriously discussed recently in the Wall Street Journal (where benefits are identified, along with risks):
Many people will resist the first generation of elective implants. There will be failures and, as with many advances in medicine, there will be deaths. But anybody who thinks that the products won’t sell is naive. Even now, some parents are willing to let their children take Adderall before a big exam. The chance to make a “superchild” (or at least one guaranteed to stay calm and attentive for hours on end during a big exam) will be too tempting for many.
Even if parents don’t invest in brain implants, the military will. A continuing program at Darpa, a Pentagon agency that invests in cutting-edge technology, is already supporting work on brain implants that improve memory to help soldiers injured in war. Who could blame a general for wanting a soldier with hypernormal focus, a perfect memory for maps and no need to sleep for days on end?
Scared yet? And can brain transplants be far behind? This is the Fri nite frite, after all:
Okay, okay. Sleep tite.
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Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose