Having stayed up late at night just to watch the Neuralink Progress Update live, I spent next morning’s swimming session pondering what I would want to use this brain implant for. Obviously, we are decades away from decoding the brain to pull off something as advanced as the conceptual and consensual telepathy, so I want to focus on what might be achievable now if the tech were mature enough. How could a Neuralink improve my life today?
HUD ‣ A built in heads-up display overlaying usefull information onto the real world without having to hold the phone infront of my face. Essentially smartglasses, but built in.
Night vision ‣ Using AI we could enhance signals coming from our eyes to enable night vision.
Expanded Visible Spectrum ‣ We could expand the wavelenghts we see towards either side to allow us to see infrared and ultraviolet, both of which could provide useful information of — among others — objects being too hot or harmful UV radiation.
Sound focus ‣ Using an additional implant for gaze tracking and an AI for sound separation and localization a system could be created where the sound of the object, person we are looking at would be amplified and surrounding sounds suppressed.
Spacial awareness ‣ Combined with some wearable sensors and we could feed a small part of our skin’s tactile sensor generated signals corresponding to object moving in our proximity. Imagine feeling on the back of your neck when someone is moving behind you and being able to tell if they are nearing or just passing.
Vital signs awareness ‣ Again combined with external sensors and a part of our skin’s tactile sense it would be possible to create a sense that reflects on our physical well being. Different frequencies could correspond to different vital signs, such as body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, insulin levels, etc. When all signs are in order the signal would be harmonious, but when some values is outside the healthy range a dissonance could be felt making us aware that our actions are detrimental to our health.
These were just a couple of ideas that surfaced while swimming. What would you like to use your first brain implants for?