Is Neural Science or schema or Neural Engineering Over-hyped? Is the question that I have asked myself many a times but the recent news that I read was a perfect answer to my question and the inherent doubt that I have carried within me for many years. (GP2RRENGFV7K ) Not only a perfect answer but more of an enigmatic motivation behind me writing this post, covering the upcoming aspect of AI or Artificial Intelligence and the extent to which humans have evolved with time. Within my deep imaginations and equally maddening thoughts I considered technology & artificial intelligence as a 'race against time' and those who have read my previous article will rightly agree with me :)
Till now many of us believed that Next level Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be all about machines getting smarter and developing a self-decision making capability, similar to that of a human. Well, I always disagreed to that since the time I developed a scientific outlook of my own, To me next generation AI will be when the concept of disability disappears from the face of this planet. Not all of us have the virtue of being complete or just near perfect and sadly, in pursuit of excellence many of us do forget what being human is all about. Recently, a team of neuroscience experts revealed the most biologically-perfect robotic legs and to be true I was really happy, not for me but for mankind.
As per the team of dedicated Neural experts, these robotic legs are based on the exact walking pattern of that of a human being, which is why these have been termed as naturally perfect. The concept behind this is a messaging system that actually generates and emits muscle signals, which controls the walking pattern. For completing the robot, experts had to replicate the CPG or central pattern generator, which is a nerve cell network, present in the lumbar region of the spinal cord. It is this CPG that generates rhythmic muscle signals, which creates a coordination between the robot legs and the end result is a flawless walk.
Well, that's not all I also came across a very brilliant post about how mind control technology can be deployed in the battle field so as to detect lethal uncertainties in advance. A La Sixth Sense but a modified version :). Deploying such technology in the battle field can enable a soldier to push his own limits of assessing a situation ahead of him. It is not my wit humor as per which I have named this intreceptive technology as a Sixth Sense but it is the uncanny power that can assist a soldier to detect imperceptible situations easily. However, technology like these are nothing new as a 'electroencephalogram' is able to spot P300 signal, thereby alerting a person of any immediate threat. Just imagine the technology being deployed in order to develop robotic vision, similar to that of a terminator? Not exactly a terminator but something similar to that!
My Take on this
Like I mentioned earlier, Technology for me had a different role and meaning all together. Never have I believed in researches, while philosophies never had any proof to make me believe in them. According to my own vision, technology was always there since the era of Charles Babbage to Steve Jobs, And all it did was to make our job less punishing or hazardous. Consider the above example of the robotic leg that can give a person with spinal injury a reason to lead a normal life yet again, or the technology that can help us explore the very way as to avoid the amputation of body parts.