• Question: can we replace damaged brain parts with computational devices?

    Asked by kevin to Patricia, Kamal, George, Charles, Beatrice on 18 Jan 2017.
    • Photo: Kamal Bhattacharya

      Kamal Bhattacharya answered on 18 Jan 2017:

      Not really (yet). Today we use brain implants for neural electric stimulation. This has been done for almost two decades. This is used in epilepsy or parkinsons disease to stimulate parts of the brain. But replacing is a thing of the future. The brain has tremendous healing abilities on its own that we don’t fully understand yet as we don’t really understand the brain very well to create devices that can potentially replaces parts of it.