In everyday reality, any action passes through the “neural code“. This working organ of the brain has the task of translating external stimuli into actions that the body can perform, creating a coherent response.
A team of MIT researchers led by Nancy Kanwisher, is working to try to combine augmented reality with the neural code, having it implanted directly into the brain.
In other words, if the research were to produce the desired results, it might be possible to create a virtual reality simulation directly in our head.
Let's see what has been discovered so far and what are the most interesting aspects of the research, so as to get some more information.
Is it right to intervene on the neural code?
By studying the functioning of this portion of the human mind and its reaction to stimuli, the team tries to think about the intersection between neural code and augmented reality. We are talking about a new frontier, the creation of brain-machine interfaces that adapt to the patient step by step.
According to the researchers, these devices could help a lot of people.
They could provide assistance to paralytics, mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, help those who have problems walking again, reducing physiotherapy times.
At the same time, the research conducted could open the door to exciting new discoveries in the field didactic, helping doctors better understand how it works”the assimilation of information“. It would be much easier to understand when someone is lying, or to discover learning difficulties and delays.
Speaking instead of the "distant future", the connection between code and augmented reality could allow us to insert memories into our brains, or to interact with the metaverse (a virtual reality shared via the internet).
Brain stimulation: where are we?
The theme of the brain stimulation, understood as conscious manipulation of the brain's sensory response, has been around for several years. Many doctors are experimenting with innovative methodologies, mainly exploiting electromagnetic waves.
One of the goals is to be able to fight memory loss in Alzheimer's disease by discovering what causes the brain to forget. The MIT team's research on celebrating code and augmented reality adds to the list of hundreds of submissions.
Experimentation is still in its infancy, and we don't know how long it will take to see the first results. It could take months or years, or even decades. The research is moving fast and, in all likelihood, soon someone will be able to read the celebratory code and decipher the system hidden behind the human mind.
The potential of celebrating stimulation is truly endless. Indeed, it is thought that technology could offer the possibility of living new experiences, creating real ones hallucinations.
At the moment, we just have to wait and see how the situation evolves. We know that the desire to change things is there and that the research has begun, we just need to understand in which direction they will go.