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Nerve interface was Re: FSK, Vision, and the Brain

Mike Tyner mtyner at mindspring.com
Wed May 14 19:57:46 EST 2003

The cranial nerves are special, more like the brain and spinal cord in that they
don't regenerate as well as peripheral nerves, nothing like a millimeter a day.

What you'd "hook on to" at the optic nerve might be nothing but dead axons.

If you hope to use a bunch of little digitized signals you may want to deliver
them at the cortex, where the visual field is mapped out for us in homunculus,
and the tissue is exquisitely sensitive to tiny voltages.

Phantom pains occur in the cortex, regardless of Kirlian aura.


"Rich Grise" <richardgrise at yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:3df9fd6c.0305141147.79d991ad at posting.google.com...
> r norman <rsnorman_ at _comcast.net> wrote in message
news:<7q60cv8nmpgth7v2g4rqkbn4o33os3de8v at 4ax.com>...
> > On Mon, 12 May 2003 23:09:11 +0200, Jean-Michel Friedt
> > <friedtj at imec.be> wrote:
> >
> > >> I heard once that someone somewhere somehow got a neuron to adhere to
> > >> a silicon chip, and that the next stage would be for them to communicate
> > >> with each other.
> > >
> > >There were a lot of presentation at the 49th meeting of the
> > >Americal Vacuum Society about oriented neural growth and
> > >interfacing with electrodes. I can be done, but it's neither
> > >trivial nor reliable (having the neuron grow along an electrode
> > >does not mean it will make an electrical connexion).
> > >
> > >A short summary of the presentation I attended is available
> > >at http://mmyotte.free.fr/chua/avs_summary.pdf, which provides
> > >some names/web pages/litterature references on the topic.
> > >
> > >Jean-Michel
> >
> > And also getting tissue cultured cells to grow along a silicon
> > substrate is a lot different from trying to interface to cells inside
> > a real, living brain.
> Actually, what I was thinking was more along the lines of something
> interfacing with the nerve stub in the stump, which, admittedly
> is a little off-topic for the thread. According to what I know
> about it, a severed nerve "wants" to grow back, and one doctor
> told me that they do a millimeter a week. So what we'd need to
> do is find something to do to an interface chip that makes it
> "look" (or feel) like a dendrite to the live neuron. I'd be
> quite reluctant having something implanted in my skull (although
> if, God forbid, I were struck blind, I might change my tune), but
> I think if I lost a limb I'd be happy to have scientists experiment
> with my stump.
> As long as they can do it painlessly.
> I'm also fascinated by the "phantom limb" phenomenon, and I think
> it'd be neater than a rat to see if a phantom limb makes a Kirlian
> photograph image.
> Cheers!
> Rich

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