Australian scientists have developed a nano memory and they hope that that might lead to the development of a bionic brain. But how realistic is that? Not at all.
No doubt this new device is a great piece of technology. Technological science in itself is one of the very few (possibly the only) area of science that doesn’t write fiction. Simply because technology works or it doesn’t work. If rocket science is fiction the rocket will crash. End of fiction and back to the science. So I’m sure this nano memory is working. But it only works for what it’s built to do. And nothing more than that. It can process information in the way it has been programmed and probably it can even combine information in such a way that it “learns”. But the learning of a technical device is not remotely the same as the learning our brains do.
Our brains are extremely complicated organs. Doctors and scientists might think they know a lot about it, but they have hardly scratched the surface. And probably they will never get a lot further than that same surface. Our brains have an unlimited potential for learning and processing information. And no technical device will ever match that. For any technical device is made by humans who try to imitate the brain. And the copy is always worse than the original. And when it’s about human bodies and organs the copy is usually a lot worse than the original. Our kidneys are an awful lot simpler than our brains, but dialysis doesn’t do a very good job compared to a kidney. And scientists have only just built artificial hearts that get a bit close to the functioning of the real heart. They can’t replace eyes or ears and they still have very little idea about the numerous fuctions of the liver. And then they think they can build a bionic brain? Nice phantasy, but it will never become true.
Of course scientists want to use that bionic brain to study the real brain. But as I have mentioned multiple times in other blogs, brain diseases should be studied by looking at the changes in society and not by studying the brain. It’s not rocket science to figure that one out. And you see, that’s one of those things a bionic brain could never ever do. Because this kind of complex thinking is unique to living beings.
Medical technology has been great for those suffering from congenital disorders and for the victims of accidents. It has given many people a life that they couldn’t even have dreamed of before a device was developed (can you imagine a bionic brain dreaming?) If researchers want to help people let them develop some more things like cochlear implants of walking frames for quadriplegics. Then they do something useful. All the rest is just phantasies.