A recent BBC News Scotland story reports:
Researchers have moved closer to making silicon chips which could one day be used to repair damaged tissue in the human body. Edinburgh University has developed a technique, which allows neurons to grow in fine, detailed patterns on the surface of tiny computer chips.
Once the engineering problem of melding computer and brain has been addressed – not an easy task – we’re left with issues surrounding the software-mind interface. Is this second task impossible? Our understanding of micro-cognition is well advanced but quite limited. In my own research, for example, I’ve built mathematical abstractions of neuron-like processing units, but in what sense do these abstractions reflect the ‘real’ process in the human brain? Is a photograph of a person even slightly a person?
“It is going towards the realms of science fiction – there is a definite Incredible Hulk feel about it.”