[ RadSafe ] Brains, Bioengineering, Etc.
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Thu Dec 20 17:03:56 CST 2012
Hey All. Hope you all are well.
What follows is probably off-topic from radiation safety. Oh well.
Gene therapy is being used to bring eyesight back to people who have
been blind for a
Computer chips/mini computers are being installed in peoples' brains
to limit the strength
and duration of Epilepsy and other seizure events. Also, some people have
working dogs who
can sense when seizures are coming --- the dogs go for help, or do whatever
they are trained to do.
People are getting cochlear implants to restore lost hearing. People
are also doing other things
to give people their hearing back --- some sort of thing with sensing
vibrations off of jawbones or other
head parts. It apparently works.
At places like Johns Hopkins, UPenn etc. scientists and engineers are
and/or transmitters at the back of eyeballs to restore or possibly restore
eyesight. I guess the blind person
could be fitted with CCD (Charge Coupled Device) or mini-camera systems to
allow the person to see.
Guess the blind person would also have to wear a power supply somewhere on
What's next??? Well, here's one idea for the future...Maybe soon.
Mentally retarded people might
someday be helped by placing a computer chip in their brain or placing a
transmitter/receiver in their
brain which could transmit to a working memory/computer system carried by
such a person in a suitcase
or whatever. It seems retarded person's motor controls work just fine. I
don't know how good a
brain's memory works in retarded people --- maybe a memory section would be
needed in any
computer assist device. Then, of course, a working Central Processing
Unit (CPU) would have to be
carried along by the patient, to do actual thinking work. Perhaps the CPU
could be toggled on
or off, depending on the needs of the patient. Sure this all probably all
a ways off and would require
considerable engineering and development effort. It's worth a try???
Best wishes to my friends
Patty P. and Helaine R. who work with special education children everyday.
Regards, Joseph R. (Joe) Preisig
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