The cloud in terms of technology is when data is stored everywhere and can be easily accessed, rather than just being on the computer. Researchers
The cloud in terms of technology is when data is stored everywhere and can be easily accessed, rather than just being on the computer. Researchers now believe that humans could be connected to the cloud in a matter of decades thanks to advances in technology. Access to the cloud via the brain could be made possible thanks to nanobots – theoretical tiny robots which would be a single nanometre wide – one billionth of a metre.
In a new research paper, scientists propose that the nanobots would reside on the brain, and transmit data to it as part of the brain/cloud interface (B/CI).
Senior author and nanotechnology researcher Robert Freitas Jr from the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing in California, said: “These devices would navigate the human vasculature, cross the blood-brain barrier, and precisely autoposition themselves among, or even within brain cells.
“They would then wirelessly transmit encoded information to and from a cloud-based supercomputer network for real-time brain-state monitoring and data extraction.”
Researchers are already making great strides in the pursuit of a BC/I.
Last year, scientists announced that they had connected three brains and the people could share their thoughts in a game called BrainNet.
Nanotechnology scientist Nuno Martins from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said: “BrainNet used electrical signals recorded through the skull of ‘senders’ and magnetic stimulation through the skull of ‘receivers,’ allowing for performing cooperative tasks.
“With the advance of neuralnanorobotics, we envisage the future creation of ‘superbrains’ that can harness the thoughts and thinking power of any number of humans and machines in real-time.
“A human B/CI system mediated by neuralnanorobotics could empower individuals with instantaneous access to all cumulative human knowledge available in the cloud, while significantly improving human learning capacities and intelligence”
The study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience said the technology could be avalable within “the next few decades”.
Prof Martins added: “This challenge includes not only finding the bandwidth for global data transmission but also, how to enable data exchange with neurons via tiny devices embedded deep in the brain.”