The robotic future is not coming anymore, because it has already arrived. Once thought to be science-fiction is now possible as more and more people are surgically inserting brain implants to treat neurological disorders and disabilities. Ian Burkhart, having a brain implant since 2014, explains how it feels to have a brain implant.
Paralyzed in Car Accident
Burkhart, from Ohio, was badly injured and permanently paralyzed when he encountered a car accident in 2010.
He told a French international news agency that he heard of a non-profit organization looking for brain-implant volunteers.
After the initial implant, Burkhart was able to play guitar solos via the video game Guitar Hero, he told AFP via videoconference.
After the initial implant, he was able to play guitar solos via the video game Guitar Hero, he told AFP via videoconference.
Burkhart, who is also the president of the Ian Burkhart Foundation, said he was shocked to see that he could move his fingers. He also learned to pour a bottle of beads, because the researchers didn’t want liquids around the equipment.
He later removed the implants because the non-profit got into some issues with funding.