Regain Back the Control of Your Body

by DanyStefan on April 14, 2016 - 10:04pm

Microchip implants in the human body were reported to be practised as far back as 1998 by Kevin Warwick, a British scientist ("Microchip Implants Closer to Reality"). Also known as an identifying integrated circuit device or RFID, it consists of a CPU in a silicate glass that is implanted in the human body to reactivate malfunctioning nerves. This CPU is connected to external data bases which contain any medical history of the patient ("Microchip Implants Closer to Reality"). These RFIDs have to ability to give back motion and feelings to members of the body that were once paralysed (“Microchip implant (human)”).

 

Ian Burkhart, in his first year of college at the time, dove once into the ocean water five years ago on a beach close to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Thus diving into a wave, Burkhart hit his head against the bottom and broke his neck resulting in the lose of feeling in both his hands and legs. Because of his spinal injury, Ian Burkhart accepted to receive surgery, two years ago, in his brain. The surgery consisted of implanting a microchip that gave him back the ability to control his right hand. This technology is able to transmit his thoughts to the muscles in his fingers and his hand. On April 13, while siting in a lab connected to a computer through a sleeve on his arm, Mr. Burkhart was able to learn how to control his thoughts and direct them to move his hand. Through repetition and practise, he was able to make his hand pour from a bottle, to pick a straw and to play a video game called “Guitar Hero” which consisted of pressing down on a series of buttons according to what showed up on a screen (Carey).

 

A scientific worldview, in the field of neuro science, suggests that RFID are a great advancement in bringing machine together with humans. Machines are now able to analyse human thoughts which trigger mechanical movements done by the machine. Doctors say that this technology is not a direct cure for paralysis, but an advancement to independently move members of your body for people with quadriplegia (Carey). This technological advancement provides more independence to people that lost their ability to feel and move certain body parts (“Microchip implant (human)”).

 

Because Ian Burkhart had to go through brain surgery, members of his family did not agree with it because, according to them, the payoff wasn’t significant enough to risk Ian’s life. Following surgery, Ian had to recover and practise extensively to be able to control his now moving hand. His father was against the idea of his son getting this implant because of the total time it took to complete the procedure (Carey).

 

In conclusion, although implanting microchips in a human body is a tedious and time consuming process, the finished product of such an extensive surgery can save one suffering from paralysis that never though of moving his hands or legs ever again (Carey). RFIDs are a great advancement for science and bring closer humans and machines (“Microchip implant (human)”). As Ian’s father said, “He was doing it for the general good, to move the science along.” (Carey). However, is it worth risking your life in a surgery for the sake of science?

 

 

Works Cited:

 

Carey, Benedict. “Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralysed Man Regain Control of Hand.” The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 13 April 2016. Web. 14 April 2016.

 

“Microchip implant (human).” Wikipedia. MediaWiki, 13 April 2016. Web. 14 April 2016.

 

"Microchip Implants Closer to Reality." The Futurist 33.8 (1999): 9. ProQuest. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.

Comments

After reading your blog, I think that microchips are a great advancement in medical science. I personally was not aware of the invention. Losing a sense or becoming handicap i can have an emotional impact on an individual that can lead to depression and even as far as suicide. Microchips allow the individual to recover part of his motor skills and return to his lifestyle. To respond to Ian's parents worldview, I believe that we only have one life to live. Ignoring the possibilities of gaining back his motor skills would not allow Ian to live his life to its fullest potential. The risk of the operation presents great risks, but the results are Worth it.
The case you introduced in your topic is from an accident, but I Wonder if the microchip can partly cure neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease.

For myself, i never knew about this microchip until now and i find it simply amazing. Just imagining to be in his place, having a completely normal life and then in a split of a second you lose all feeling in your hands and legs and becoming paralyzed. It would make your whole world go upside down, it insane to think about it but it's the truth. Even though it can be risky of taking the surgery, their is a huge benefit to feel like any other person once again. being able to do the simplest thing can be mind blowing for someone who had become paralyzed. I do agree on the surgery if the person takes the choice to get done. if they as an individual don't want to get it done, it's their choice.
At the end of the day it should be the person's freedom of choice not what other think is the best for them.

Technologies like this brings us one step closer to a star wars or a star trek universe. This amazing technology gave a paralyzed man the ability to move his hand again. something he probably thought was impossible before discovering this possibility. He probably did this surgery for his sake and wellbeing, not for science or maybe science was in the background. anyways, advancements like these never seize to amaze me!