Startup's "brain-modem" to restore eyesight & speech

Aug 31, 2017, 4:45 AM EDT
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(Source: amy leonard/flickr)

A California-based startup called Paradromics recently revealed a project that seeks to develop high-speed “brain-modems,” which could restore sight, hearing, speech and movement through the power of data transmission.

The Neural Input-Output Bus (NIOB) comprises a tiny chip laden with 50,000 ultra-thin microwires, each linking to 3-5 individual neurons for reading and stimulating the brain, writes Seeker.

The technique could push the boundaries of prosthetics, eventually paving the way to create consciousness by knitting together sensory stimuli, notes MIT Technology Review.