Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Intended to assist the brain injured, implants have horrific implications

Scientists say that interaction with technology via the mind alone is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Case in point: government group Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA plans to spend $70 million over five years on it Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies project. Their stated aim is to develop devices to provide better therapy for soldiers and veterans with mental illness. But the idea has horrifying implications.

All in all, mind-controlling devices that are surgically implanted into an organic brain have nightmarish potential.

All in all, mind-controlling devices that are surgically implanted into an organic brain have nightmarish potential.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Brain implant, mind control, Tourette Syndrome, Parkinson's


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The agency hopes to develop a device that works along the lines of deep brain stimulation, a surgical treatment for Parkinson's that uses a pacemaker implanted in the brain. DARPA says that the goal of the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies initiative is to learn more about how the brain works. They hope their research can offer better treatment for veterans and soldiers with mental illness.

The ultimate goal will be a surgical treatment where a neuro-stimulator, similar to a pacemaker is implanted in the brain to treat some of the symptoms of diseases like Parkinson's and dystonia.

It's already here in one form:  100,000 people around the world have a DBS implant and are being considered as a treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, epilepsy and depression.

DARPA wants its device to measure and analyze brain activity in real time, deliver treatment and then monitor how well that treatment is working.

"SUBNETS is a push toward innovative, informed and precise neuro-technological therapy to produce major improvements in quality of life for service members and veterans who have very few options with existing therapies," DARPA program manager Justin Sanchez said in a release. "These are patients for whom current medical understanding of diseases like chronic pain or fatigue, unmanageable depression or severe post-traumatic stress disorder can't provide meaningful relief."

Dr. Helen Mayberg, a neuro-scientist at Emory University School of Medicine says that researchers are bound to learn a lot about how to brain works even if the device doesn't get completed.

It's not the first time such a device has been developed. The MIT Technology Review reported earlier this year that Samsung was researching a tablet that can be controlled with the brain through EEG-monitoring electrodes.

"If you told people 20 years ago that they would be carrying computers all the time, they would have said, 'I don't want that. I don't need that.' Now you can't get them to stop," Andrew Chien, vice president of research and director of future technologies research at Intel Labs, told Computerworld says. "There are a lot of things that have to be done first, but I think (implanting chips into human brains) is well within the scope of possibility."

All in all, mind-controlling devices that are surgically implanted into an organic brain have nightmarish potential. Such a device could theoretically be used by dictators and despots in order to control their populations.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Health

HUNG OVER? Try the ancient Egyptian cure - of a garland of laurel leaves Watch

Image of Written in Greek, the cure advises stringing together the leaves of the Alexandrian Laurel and wearing it like a necklace.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There may be a reason behind all those surviving artworks of drunken, ancient Roman revelers wearing garlands about their heads. In a stash of more than half a million documents unearthed in an ancient trash heap in the Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus in 1896, the ... continue reading


ALTERING EMBRYOS: China becoming 'Wild West' in genetic research Watch

Image of Used in adult cells and animal models, the technique had previously never been used in connection with human embryos.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Critics warn that China is swiftly becoming the "Wild West" of genetic research. Researchers at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou have confirmed they had engineered embryos to modify the gene responsible for the fatal blood disorder thalassaemia. The team ... continue reading


Surgeon claims controversial head transplant will take less than an hour Watch

Image of Surgeon Sergio Canavero said that he would explain the procedure in depth at a neurosurgeons' conference this coming June 12.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero says that he can reattach a man's head on to a new body in less than an hour. Canavero says that the procedure is just the first step in a series of steps towards his ultimate aim of creating immortality. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


'If I Only Had a Brain': MRI technology gives an amazing inside look into a singing brain Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Researchers from the Beckman Institute investigated how various muscles and other connected body parts work to allow us to speak and sing, and the changes that happen over time. Analyzing how the human voice works and the variations it undergoes at age, a former ... continue reading


Behind the heroic act: The heartbreaking story of the youngest organ donor in Britain Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Teddy Houlston would have celebrated his first birthday this year with his family and twin brother. But he was not able to live for an entire day; baby Teddy was diagnosed with a condition called anencephaly within twelve weeks inside his mother's womb. Heartbreaking ... continue reading


Listeria outbreak in Blue Bell Creameries, causing them to recall all products, started in 2010 Watch

Image of According to CDC's investigation, they made comparisons with the patients dating back 2010 up to the current outbreak.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Based on the investigation made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the listeria outbreak in Blue Bell Creameries, that has caused them to recall all of their ice cream, started back in 2010. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The Blue Bell Creameries ... continue reading


Taking a multivitamin for your health? 'Healthy' multivitamins may increase risk for certain diseases by more than 50 percent Watch

Image of New research suggests that taking some commonly used multivitamins may actually be very harmful to your health.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Multivitamins have long been a staple of what many would call a "healthy" lifestyle, and the market for these pills is flooded with products that target every single demographic including post-menopausal women, teens, bodybuilders and diabetics. However, new ... continue reading


'Turbo-charging' immune system to kill all known cancers in development Watch

Image of Scientists at Imperial College London, who led the study, are now developing a gene therapy based on the protein and hope to begin human trials in three years.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A protein which "turbo-charges" the immune system, enabling it to fight off any cancer or virus, has been discovered by scientists. Described as a "game-changer" for cancer treatment, researchers at Imperial College in the United Kingdom have found a previously ... continue reading


Negative relationships really are unhealthy: New research shows high blood pressure linked to stressful relationships Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Bad relationship status may cause physiological health deterioration. The research, conducted by a team from the University of Michigan, discovered men are more sensitive with regards to the stress levels of their wives or partners. These stress levels, from negative ... continue reading


Killer high heels cause long lasting body damage Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fashion is such a big thing, especially for women. These days, for you to belong to the "it-crowd," you have to be stylish and popular in your social media posts, or you constantly have to update your fashion blog with the latest trends in clothing, shoes, and ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Peter 5:5-14
5 In the same way, younger people, be subject to the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
2 for you have said: love is built to last for ever, ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 16:15-20
15 And he said to them, 'Go out to the whole world; ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 25th, 2015 Image

St. Mark
April 25: The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter