Wiring Neural Bypasses?

Mark W. Tilden mwtilden at math.uwaterloo.ca
Fri Apr 22 10:45:58 EST 1994


Forgive me if this question is improperly worded, but has any work been
done with the idea of running insulated platinum wires between neural
structures in the body, with a hope to restoring or attenuating motor
functions in the body or cognitive functions in the brain?

Got the idea from the movie Terminal Man, where a computer is implanted
in the brain to shunt siezures, and I thought, why use a computer when
simple wiring shunts between key neural or nervous tissue could do the
same job.  In something like heart bifurcation, the second fibulator
could be attenutated by a platinum mesh shunt over the secondary
oscillator centre, prosthetic implants could be augmented by thin
connections to other parts of the body from the stump so that the human
could learn that if a certain bit of the back tickles, it means the 
right prosthetic figure is under pressure, etc.  Granted there was
problems in the past with the mechanical reliability of such wires, but
could they be put into the brain to restore functions made inaccessible
by stroke or damage where motion is restricted?

Just wondering what the flaw is in the argument.

Is all.


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