Due to advanced neurotechnology, the development of human-machine interfaces and the betterment of the person's cognitive abilities is possible.
FREMONT, CA:Neurotechnology is fascinating as one of its goals is to directly wire up human brains to machines. Fundamental research is run to explore functions of the brain, decipher the neural code, and gets an improved understanding of diseases and disorders. Clinical applications of neurotechnologies provide alternatives to pharmaceutical methods and devices for diseases that have been fatal so far. The rapid development of this industry and the potential to increase human-human human-machine systems' communication abilities and the achievement of the information technology threshold of the scientific and technological progress makes it clear that the next technological revolution will be based on neurotechnology.
Previously, the medical field has focused on the fundamental potentials and perspectives of neurotechnology. However, it should be realized that very different processes have influenced this industry's development, which is still the powerful driver. It is about diagnosing and treating many neurodegenerative diseases, which are presently one of the main causes of deterioration in a person's quality of life. Currently, magnetic resonance imaging is used in many research and medical practices. The MR-image method enables to obtain 3D morphological and functional data at the millimeter and submillimeter levels.
However, the tradition of brain stimulation has more than 100 years of history, although quick development began after the development of imaging technologies. With the accumulation of new data, possibilities have emerged not only for analysis but also for accurate brain stimulation. The question of whether neurotechnologies should be leveraged or not is seamless to answer without putting it into the context of application instanced in the medical and non-medical field. No matter how the answer will be, this answer should not be given without knowledge about the possibilities, challenges, and threats of the technological solutions, without medical knowledge about potential risks, the patients' requirements, and potential alternative options. If everybody contributes their expertise and questions, the picture of neurotechnologies as allowing technology for new treatment options and better quality of life can become true, and patients cannot get fooled by wrong promises.