Neurotechnology: The Inception

The brain has always been an organ for interest and curiosity for researchers world wide. The brain is an unfolding mystery and the understanding of brain activity has been useful in many perspectives. There has been quite of lot of research done around neurotechnology with one of the major break through around brain imaging techniques. Brain imaging has been a significant milestone helping us to understand about the brain in a fashion that could’ve possibly been a dream. These techniques widely range from EEG, MRI, PET to MEG techniques. Technology has truly played a crucial role in the exploration of brain activity.

Neurotechnology may benefit from questioning what kinds of low-information-content signals we can read and write before we try to upload and download consciousness.

Christopher deCharms

The imaging techniques were the stepping stone for researchers towards a journey which has created beautiful research, paved pathways for derivative fields like neuroinformatics, neuroprosthetics and neuroethics to name a few. Brain imaging techniques provided basic information about neural activities but technology not only put a man in space but also another step closer to the human brain. Every imaging technique has explored a new region of the brain and hence designed for specific purpose. For example EEG or electroencephalogram or MEG are designed to understand the function of the brain whereas tests like CAT/CT scan and MRI provides insights of the structure of the brain down to the tissue level

Neurotechnology has traveled a step ahead and made these tests more convenient user friendly and also promoted new fields like telemedecine, non invasive wearable products, live imaging techniques. The journey of the field has been one of the most interesting stories to look into. As technology has given rise newer ideas and increased the dimensions of improving human capability, the amalgamation of technology and neuroimaging has created a stir in the brain research market. This has further promoted various companies like Emotiv and Neuralink to design technological devices which has immensely benefited a lot of individuals.

The rate at which neurotechnological advancements are approaching, it is quite evident that a lot of neurodenegenerative diseases can be effectively prevented. In reality, this technology might not cure the diseases but has already shown promising results in neurorehabilitation and neuroprostheics.

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