Would you get a brain implant?

@Awinds (2475)
United States
October 21, 2011 7:58pm CST
Sometimes for fun I like to read forecasts of the future. It is interesting to see what other people think will happen in the next ten, twenty or fifty years. However there is one thing that is always a common theme on these potential future lists: brain implants. The speculated implants would allow people to turn on a computer or the lights with their thoughts. In the more distant future, these supposed implants would enhance things like memory and intelligence. My question is, would you willingly get a brain implant? Would you be willing to do it for the convenience? Would you be willing to do it if the implant would enhance you in some way? Is it worth or not worth the risks?
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9 responses
• United States
22 Oct 11
Oh, my! What a question. It certainly makes you think doesn't it? I'm not sure if I would. Being able to turn on things with my thoughts only would be great, but would it change anything about me? My likes, dislikes, personality? I think it would all depend on things like that. If it were completely safe, and wouldn't change little things like that, I might just do it.
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@Awinds (2475)
• United States
22 Oct 11
First of all, welcome to myLot! :) I do agree that is quite the question. We live in age that gives us options that man in ages past couldn't even have dreamed of. The question is though, how far are we willing to go? I agree that such an implant would add a great deal of convenience to our lives - living would become automatic like breathing. However you raise a good point: is it safe and what are the consequences? What if it altered our brains and who were are in some way? Another thing I was thinking about as I wrote this discussion was this: could a corrupt government exploit brain implant? That alone is a huge risk.
• United States
22 Oct 11
Thank you! (: That's another thing I started thinking about after I posted. With all the science fiction movies I have watched, my mind can think all kinds of things up, but with tecchology advancing like it is, those thoughts aren't really far fetched. So, my thought is, what if they come up with a way to read our minds? Or control our thoughts? Those are scary things to think about! And honestly, if we ever come to the point where brain transplants and turning on lights with our thoughts are happening, then who's to say they won't be able to do such things? The more I think about it, the more I decide I would rather keep my plain old brain and keep being plain old me!
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
22 Oct 11
@both - Exactly! At least it would be much harder to influence a flesh only brain. :)
• Australia
22 Oct 11
The only brain implant I want is my brain implanted in a new body lol. But yes, especially if I were young enough to be in touch with the current technology. I think it would be marvellous to be able to go "online" with my brain. Lash
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
23 Oct 11
That's an interesting perspective - I never considered that generational differences might impact whether one got an implant or not! :) It would be interesting to get online with the brain - commenting and typing though might be a bit of a problem. It would depend on whether one had to think about just the internet when connecting, or if one could think about other things at the same time!
• Australia
23 Oct 11
Each generation is raised in a different technological state with which they are completely at ease, but it is generally only the flexible thinkers who can keep up with radical new changes. For instance, I was a child when TV (B$W) came in, telephones were operator connected landlines, computers more or less science fiction, and space travel even more so, and my grandparents found a lot of this a bit bewildering. I kept up for a long time, but the last twenty years have been more difficult. Technologies I could just about grasp were to the next generation as familiar as landlines and radio were to me, and they went on to the current technology in the way I had to theirs - but for my generation, a lot of the newer technologies especially in I/T are difficult to follow because we don't have that instinctive grasp of the previous generation of technology. The sort of thing you are talking about would be like magic. Lash
• United States
22 Oct 11
No! I have been told I that I have a one track mind , a strange sense of humor And A damn good memory. I will not change this for anything. My heart and my mind are Mine. No one else's. Take them away and I cease to exist . So once they are so diseased a transplant ia necessary, I won't do it.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
22 Oct 11
@sarahruthbeth22 You are one of the people that really sticks out to me in MyLot - your personality and style of response are very unique. It would be a same to see that all go for some artificial alternative. You are you and that makes you special. :)
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• United States
22 Oct 11
( about to cry tears of joy) You have touched my heart. Thank you.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
23 Oct 11
Anytime sarah! :)
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@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
28 Oct 11
Well, all is possible with the science. We are seeing important achievements in field of science and technology. But I don't know how much possible a brain implant is. Brain is the main organ of human being and someone die together with his brain. In my opinion I wouldn't like to have a brain implant, although if I could improve memory and intelligence I would it think better.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
28 Oct 11
It really does depend on how far we go. If we get there or not - however if we do, it will be interesting to see what people do. Will the benefits persuade them or will the "creepy" factor be the winning factor?
@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
28 Oct 11
I think people are always looking for benefits and thus many will try to get an implant. But I still can't imagine that brain implants will be made in the future because brain is not like as heart or kidney.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 Oct 11
The only reason for me to get a brain implant would be if I were in a terrible accident that ruined my brain and they would replace the brain power that was lost. I would not want to take the easy way out and increase my brain power by having something puyt inside of it. Oh and if they decided to improve my brain power, they had better increase my life span, make my body like that of a 18 year old including all the inside parts. So since I am a 60 plus year old lady, it would not do me any good for the 35 to 40 years I have left.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
23 Oct 11
That is an excellent observation! All the brain power in the world is going to be worthless unless one has the health and strength to do things with it. :)
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
23 Oct 11
That is why I never got my hair dyed or wanted to make myself look younger. If not all your facilities or body parts work or are perfect, why make yourself look on the outside as if they do? Then again I did watch that horror movie called "The Brain!" And I got the idea of some old decrepit man controlling people from his hospital bed by use of his brain, so only the brain was working, there were speakers from it. Sorry do not know how they wold do it, but guess if someone wanted to keep his own money, that would be a possibility.Still do not know how it works when a brain is encased in those science fiction horror movies and it speaks.
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
22 Oct 11
hi! I believe that natural original brain is the best. What we get since birth is God's gift and nothing could substitute the original thing. I won't like to go for implant because I trust my original brain works in the best possible manner and it does all the activities for me in the perfect manner.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
23 Oct 11
That is another great point. We have our original brains for a reason - is it really wise or in a our best interest to temper with that? I do agree that for most of us our current amount of brain power works just fine! :)
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
25 Oct 11
Our own natural God gifted brain is the best.
@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Oct 11
This sort of thing is interesting. I am always so curious about the future. I can see an athlete or someone like that doing it but not me. I don't think such a thing will come to be anyway. Brain inplant is too delicate and would include the spinal column and all. I can see surgery on it but not a complete inplant.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
22 Oct 11
You know you have a very good point. The spinal cord and the brain are such delicate and sensitive spots. They are also crucial if not the most crucial areas of the body. One mistake on either and that person's life is destroyed or ended. The implant would be VERY risky.
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@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Oct 11
The brain is also connected to spinal column. There is a brain stim that connects both.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
23 Oct 11
I don't think I would. I even hear so many things about other organs, let along be with something that could really influence my life. If the brain is damaged I would just ask my family to just let me go, as I would already be brainless! lol!!! Happy MyLotting!
• Canada
22 Oct 11
..hard to say... i would not do it thats for sure...but i might want to thinks about it because there could be a great thing about that: we could have more memory!..mmm...by the think of it..maybe it wouldnt be such a good idea...
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
22 Oct 11
@romeo13mars. It has two sides! It could be such a benefit as we never imagined but it could also make us vulnerable in ways we never imagined. As mentioned earlier, imagine what a dictatorship or other fallen type of government could do the people if brain chips were common. Manipulation or complete, thoughtless obedience would just be the beginning! P.S. Welcome to myLot, by the way! :)