NEURAL DUST AND "ELECTROCEUTICALS"

NEURAL DUST AND “ELECTROCEUTICALS”

Last week I blogged about the coming "neural dust" craze, and a regular reader here, Ms. P, read the article and shared this article, and some of her own "high octane speculations" (which we'll get back to in a moment, because I happen to agree with her):

Sprinkling of neural dust opens door to electroceuticals

There's so much here that I hardly know where to begin, but let's begin with what has now become the standard tactic in pushing all this "human-machine" merger, it's "health benefits". After all, who would object to better health and longer life?

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.

Because these batteryless sensors could also be used to stimulate nerves and muscles, the technology also opens the door to “electroceuticals” to treat disorders such as epilepsy or to stimulate the immune system or tamp down inflammation.

But wait, there's more benefits in store:

“The original goal of the neural dust project was to imagine the next generation of brain-machine interfaces, and to make it a viable clinical technology,” said neuroscience graduate student Ryan Neely. “If a paraplegic wants to control a computer or a robotic arm, you would just implant this electrode in the brain and it would last essentially a lifetime.”

In a paper published online in 2013, the researchers estimated that they could shrink the sensors down to a cube 50 microns on a side – about 2 thousandths of an inch, or half the width of a human hair. At that size, the motes could nestle up to just a few nerve axons and continually record their electrical activity.

“The beauty is that now, the sensors are small enough to have a good application in the peripheral nervous system, for bladder control or appetite suppression, for example,” Carmena said. “The technology is not really there yet to get to the 50-micron target size, which we would need for the brain and central nervous system. Once it’s clinically proven, however, neural dust will just replace wire electrodes. This time, once you close up the brain, you’re done.”

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“The vision is to implant these neural dust motes anywhere in the body, and have a patch over the implanted site send ultrasonic waves to wake up and receive necessary information from the motes for the desired therapy you want,” said Dongjin Seo, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer sciences. “Eventually you would use multiple implants and one patch that would ping each implant individually, or all simultaneously.”

In her email to me, Ms. P. also pointed out that such "electroceuticals" hold as much promise for mischief and just plain evil, as they do for good. Among her speculations, she mentioned the ability to produce abortions in pregnant women (who may not want an abortion), or a "kill switch" that would literally turn someone "off' if they became an inconvenience - think of the "electroceutical Arkancide" here - or, for that matter, such an "electroceutical" implanted at birth via a "vaccine", with a "pre-alotted life-span timer" counting down an individual's life. Of course, rest assured, Congress will exempt themselves and the power elites from what they mandate for everyone else.

I suspect Ms. P. is correct, and that this technology is already envisioned and earmarked for such purposes. But there's something else here about this technology that disturbs me in equal measure. Note that reference in the first set of quotations above: "Because these batteryless sensors could also be used to stimulate nerves and muscles, the technology also opens the door to 'electroceuticals' to treat disorders such as epilepsy or to stimulate the immune system or tamp down inflammation."  It takes but a little imagination to see how that sentence might be altered to allow for other potentialities: "Because these batteryless sensors could also be used to stimulate neurons and the brain, the technology also opens the door to cause mental disorders such as schizophrenia or to damp the immune system or stimulate inflammation."
In short, I strongly suspect that the real agenda here is the creation of what I like to call "unified technologies," technologies that can do more than double duty, that can stimulate health, or bring it - and life or independent thought - to a screeching halt at the flip of a distant button.
And that raises a significant question: even if your personal physician has the best of intentions when he or she recommends an "implant," would you trust the corporations making them to be purely benign? Or what happens when they want to implant you by force, and involuntarily?
See you on the flip side...

19 thoughts on “NEURAL DUST AND “ELECTROCEUTICALS””

  1. A convenient way to not payout retirement benefits. Just terminate them when you done working them to death turn them into soylent green to feed to the other drone-zombies after their done time working for the masters. Cheaper than mechanical’s and can be be used for fertilizer after they’re done.

  2. For sure its being used/tested on unknowing populations. To me, its not that scary. I don’t mean to spread apathy by saying that, but I’d like to point out that influence is influence. It happens on a bacterial, parasitic, electric and alimentary level, even through the garden-variety psychic pressure of ‘others’ in ones’ town or city. We register it all and I think our organism makes the choice of whether to react. …So there’s a new weapon in the arsenal of blundering authoritarian influence? Its really nothing to worry over. Its really important to keep informed on the latest in science and tech, on a personal opportunistic level as well as to be able to recognize when one is being entrained, emotionally or through the senses. But I just don’t see where fear comes in. Its still the old game of choice.

    I also think of these specks of dust as a kind of facebook for your nervous system. Facebook being a ridiculous pigsty of diminishing returns for whatever intelligence services put money into it in the first place.

    First we all had to register our births. Okay, so the system knows I exist – kinda scary in itself. Then there came demands of all of registering a fixed address, documenting ethnic background, income, etc. OKay, also scary, and I’m the kind of person who hates to show my id. Its strikes me as such a childish game. But I digress. Then, there are cameras in screens of all types, recorders in every device and a whole generation has been tricked by posting all their private moments onto social media and/or the cloud. Next, its going to be selfies of inside my ear and up my nose and then even more internal shots of the inside of my body, the silliness only increases for me here, not the fear. I can’t wait for telepathy because the shadow game is already a little to transparent to keep my interest. Nothing can keep up with consciousness and nothing can erase/annihilate a unit of dna from the game. Nature is a kung fu master that expands and contracts and we’re like a clumsy baby trying to punch and kick as if underwater.

  3. “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Stupid, since non-controversial. goshawks – August 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      I/m with Goshawks.
      It’s a petty bot, an annoyance whose purpose is either censorship and/or self-censorship. But as this site is open[thank God]; and, unfortunately, still in the land of mickey-mouse golden handcuffs[patens, copyrights, etc.], there are the proprietary privateers sailing the commerce seas[can’t be any other kind] to gun down and capture any common sense/cents.

  4. An interesting synchronicity with this article, because I just saw ‘Terminator: Genesis’ last night. The main plot device was the ‘substitution’ of a human by a Terminator (robot) AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL. Each cell/neuron was replaced – one at a time – by inorganic structures linked to SkyNet/Genesis. It was the ultimate “human-machine” merger… (Although it was really a takeover.)

    (Spoiler alert!) I really did not like this movie, although it had many interesting plot twists. It typifies the PTB moves in the last decade to take a positive theme or character and twist-it-about to demean it or negatively-portray it. In this case, they take the prime heroic male character, John Connor, and make him a Terminator in disguise (through the above technology). I believe this is an overlay technique to graft a more-negative scenario onto an originally-positive ‘root’. I imagine this is particularly effective for the next generations who have no emotional ‘knowledge’ of the original series/character. Yuck…

  5. Horrible! Is there any way a person can protect himself or herself from this forced imprisonment? I’d like to think that there’s something inside of each of us that can protect us. A forcefield maybe?

  6. Robert Barricklow

    The growing gap between the majority and a extremely small number running the insane asylum is likely to pose an ever-increasing threat to the existing social-hierarchal order and stability. Free from the dystopian future challenges, the world’s morally sound and/or under-privileged just might unite, using their access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in motion – to the benefit of 99.99999% of Earthlings.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Yet, the technology is just far outpacing our capacity to contain these genies being let loose from… ?
      Has this engineered intelligence been purposed to enslave beyond the point of…
      no return?

      1. hey rb, ya know tesla and samuel clemens hung out together their last few decades, right? think they talked about connecticut yankee in king arthur’s court a bit? and various alternative endings?

        1. Robert Barricklow

          ZDB
          To be a fly on that wall?
          Mark Twain is still my all time favorite writer. His sense of humor on the page is next to none. The most difficult to write, and yet he makes it look so easy.
          The Tesla, another genius whose gifts to the world were short-changed by the like of JP Morgan, Inc.

  7. The brain is far and beyond much too complex to control correctly with just the application of electricity in one spot or another, without an adequate supply of the necessary building blocks to construct chemical messengers one can stimulate or damp this or that receptor all they wish to no BENEFICIAL effect. Take for instance SSRI’s used in the treatment of depression, yes one can cap off the receptor inhibiting serotonin reuptake, but the effect will be negative if the person lacks the necessary amount of serotonin in the first place. Serotonin reserves end up depleting and then the problem is worse then when it started. It would be much easier to use such technology for negative purposes by introducing chaos into the system. Add a little electricity here or there and the entire downstream cascade will be thrown off. So basically the positive benefits touted by such people are a complete farce and most likely impossible to achieve, the negative effects on the other hand are easily achievable.

    Not to mention that the immune system will recognize such dust as foreign material, but it will have no idea what to do about it. It’s my opinion that the people that suffer from morgellons like symptoms have immune systems that function BETTER than the average person. The symptomatic presentation is then their body’s effort to handle the foreign material, where in normal people the foreign matter is simply filed by the immune system as “ignore because we don’t know what to do about it.”

    1. Robert Barricklow

      The proverbial evolutionary battle between cops/robbers.
      Reminds me of Blade Runner where they’re trying to illegally/technically fix their unified/implanted expiration dates.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Now it will be a dystopian world hacking the internet of everything and… everybody[except those prohibited by law/like the lawmakers themselves, and the corporations who actually wrote them].

  8. This would seem to be the quintessential transhumanist wet dream. Why bother with mechanical robots, which would require maintenance, when you can make robots out of self repairing humanity itself.

    “If we do a really good job with vaccines…”, Bill Gates.

    One could even target certain “unacceptable” races or religious groups for annihilation using such technology. Used covertly, you could even claim plausible deniability, for all those pandemics and deaths due to “unknown causes”.
    Would the elite use such technology in such a covert manner? You can bet the farm on it, if they felt threatened in any way, or as a means to an end, should they care to “justify” it.
    Dr. Farrell has already made a good case that it may be in use covertly, already.

  9. These people always make it sound soooooo good. Such a wonderful thing for humanity! NOT!

    Do these researchers actually believe their own tripe???

    Talk about cognitive dissonance.

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