A chip connected to live rat brain tissue
Ted Berger, USC scientist, has demonstrated a computer chip able to converse with live cells. It is a step towards an implantable machine that fluently speaks the language of the brain—a machine that could restore memories in people with brain damage or help them make new ones.
Within four years, the team aims to wire a chip beneath the skulls of monkeys, whose brains are even closer to humans. Berger predicts that human trials of a prosthetic device that can actually replace impaired memory cells are less than 15 years away.