This year, Lisbon has hosted an event where the craziest ideas in the world of tech and science are presented, ideas which, most of the time, are a lot more shocking than they are likely to fulfill in the real world. The event in question is called The Web Summit and, this year, a startup owner expressed his unusual belief that our brains might soon benefit from enough artificial support to perform unthinkable tasks.
Will it be possible to enhance our brains in an artificial way?
Bryan Johnson has founded a startup called Kernel, which focuses on the development of neuroprosthetics. The main purpose of the startup is to create devices which can retrieve the function of the brain after a traumatic event. He was one of the personalities who offered an interview during a special panel at the Web Summit.
This is when he made a shocking claim which attracted everybody’s attention. He said that, in about 15 or 20 years, we would probably have plenty of brain-boosting tools which would allow us to sustain incredible tasks. For instance, we might be able to increase our capacity of learning, improve our memory, or even select certain memories from the brain that we want to erase.
The future might find place for wacky ideas to come true
Johnson started Kernel to fight those diseases which affect the capacity of the brain. If finding a cure for them might be close to impossible, he thought of creating devices which can boost cognitive capacity and retrieve the brain’s functions. Most brain tools used today aren’t really that sophisticated, so he thought this should change.
There were many other crazy ideas presented during the Web Summit. Another participant, for instance, suggested that humans might one day get to live under the sea. Simon Evetts is the director of operation at a company called Blue Abyss, and presented the prototype of a research center and a commercial center placed underwater.
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