We have seen sci-fi movies with bionic eyes and all the damage they could do. However this is, pardon the pun, and eye-opening experience that will change how we see the world. Some see this as an opportunity for the blind to see and for people to be more informed about who they are interacting with. There are some pros and cons to this, but first let’s look at the fascinating field of neuroengineering.
Neuroengineering is a rising interdisciplinary field that creates devices that can interface with the brain. This is a fascinating feat being that people are creating machines that will directly affect how our brains function; in this case with our eye sight or providing real time information about a person. Now we can’t get to excited yet because it will still take some time to develop an entire real-time user interface, but it is most certainly on the way. I am thinking about how this will affect personal and federal security when it comes to interacting with people. There may be some information you do not want people to know. While a lot of information is available on the inter webs, even some personal, this type of invention sparks the question about real time security. Can we opt out of providing certain information? What happens if our information is hacked? Or what if the device breaks? Will it be covered by insurance? As far as Federal information, would security clearance be provided to certain individuals in a digital download? These are all concerning questions that come with developing this type of technology.
“Brain-computer interfaces” can be used both for treating neurological and mental disorders as well as for understanding brain function, and now engineers have developed ways to manipulate these neural circuits with electrical currents, light, ultrasound, and magnetic fields. Remarkably, we can make a finger, arm, or even a leg move just by activating the right neurons in the motor cortex. Similarly, we can activate neurons in the visual cortex to make people see flashes of light. The former allows us to treat neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, whereas the latter should eventually allow us to restore vision to the blind.”
On the other hand giving blind people the ability to see is a scientific miracle. The version of the bionic that is available to patients suffering from blindness functions more as an add that provides sight. This is not a security threat. but quite literally an eye opener. See the video below about a woman who received a bionic eye and can see for the first time in 16 years.