Caffeine? That’s So Analog. Introducing Electric Neural Stimulation.

With transformative technology and at the
transformative technology lab we’re tracking ten major areas of trans tech. And those ten areas include things like neurofeedback
and biofeedback, neurostim and biostim. Those are the ones that I think people would
think of the most. A good example of that would be the Muse headset
by Interaxon that measures your EEG so it measures your brainwaves. Another thing that’s coming out is neurostim. A good example of that would be a company
called Halo Neuroscience and so it’s a slight stimulation to the brain that in their trials
with elite athletes they’re showing people having big surges in ability and so that’s
kind of interesting. There’s another product called Think that
sits on the forehead right here and it stimulates the peripheral nerves and could replace a
cup of coffee. So it sort of stimulates you and wakes you
up. So there’s a lot of focus on things that
are taking feedback from the body and then stimulating the body. And so it could be the body or the brain. One of the things that is coming is a lot
of vagus nerve stimulation and on the medical side there’s research that’s recently
come out where people are really taking that more seriously. In addition some of the things that I think
are really cool is I’m really intrigued by emotion recognition software. Whether that’s through cameras that are
watching facial expressions or through – or another example would be there’s a company
called Beyond Verbal that just off of audio files can pick up human emotion. And you might think well sort of what’s
the use of that. I know how I feel. But it’s actually if you think about it
when everything in your house is smart you’re really going to want it to know if you’re
upset or not. So I have a friend, an older friend that I
bought an Amazon Echo for and she whispers around the Echo like it’s a real person. This is someone who’s in their seventies. And so for people who are growing up in smart
houses which a lot of children today they won’t even know a time where there isn’t
a certain level of intelligence that’s baked into their environment we’re going to want
all these things to know how we feel. I think that emotion recognition is really
interesting. It’s the thing that’s captured my imagination
right now. There’s a lot of interest right now in neurostim
and a lot of that is based on a series of studies that were done by DARPA where they
were using slight electrical stimulation and saw an increase in task acquisition for people
in various roles in the military. The one that’s the most well-known is for
the increase or the acceleration for sharpshooters from novice to expert with the application
of a slight electrical stimulation while they were learning. There’s a lot of people who are really interested
in that. There’s actually a really large do-it-yourself
community around the world where people are doing citizen independent science really and
do-it-yourself science and using various levels of electrical currency on their own brains
and then sharing it in forums and communicating about it. People have been trying electrical stimulation
with physical task acquisition. Also language task acquisition. It’s one of those things that there’s
products that are being based on it. There’s a whole category of things called
transcranial direct stimulation. And so there’s a lot of products out there
on that. Some of the brand names you might find would
be Focus is one. Halo Neuroscience is another. The Think product is another. And so it’s starting to have commercial
products for it. There also was a as you can imagine there’s
a lot of the medical community is a little concerned about it. It’s a good example of where people, individuals
are really sort of pushing ahead of where the medical community is on, you know, what’s
a good idea for what levels of stimulation you should have, how often and where. What part of the brain that you try to stimulate
through the surface. And so it’s really, it’s an interesting
space and people are pushing into it.


  1. I saw a documentary on Netflix about a woman who had a stroke and used electric neural stimulation as an aid. It may have been the cause of an adverse reaction she had so be careful if you're interested in this stuff.

  2. Caffeine is so last century.
    Yep, nothing like your toaster using facial recognition software to determine how you are. Like, nothing could be 1984ish about that?
    I really love the application to military forces to kill people much better… who doesn't want that?
    Use of bioneuro devices is perfectly safe…

  3. Call me oldfashioned but I am not even drinking ceffeine. If I am tired I
    am tired and should get some rest. Not work even harded. I can hardly
    imagine that being healthy.

  4. it's really facinating. all these new technologies only rich people will have in the future. I can't wait.

  5. I'm currently in the process of making my own TDCS machine (I have a Neuroscience degree) If anyone has advice/questions let me know 🙂

  6. I have the components for tdcs here and will try it soon. I am glad to know that more and more people working on it. The biggest obstacle in the western world is the medical community not willing to improve human performance. They simply don't realize that we all are sick, we all suffer the savannah-syndrom: we evolved as hunter and gatherers in a environment that has nothing in common with our modern world. Our brain rewards us for being lazy, eating unhealthy food and doing stupid things, but not for learning, thinking and other higher brain function, so we should spend much more money and energy on improving our mind. It would help us (our at least some of us like me) to have better lives. I would take part in any experiment, that has a reasonable risk and would improve my performance.

  7. one day you can tell your smartwatch to give you an orgasm lol. so when we can be high 24/7 the question is how many will get abuse it

  8. This will be the new smoking of the XXI century. Sure it will work the first 20 years of your life, but when you'll be in your 70s your brain will have the consistency of jelly.

  9. "The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation is the primary manufacturer and supplier of androids, robots and autonomic assistants for the known universe. From doors, to lifts, to toaster ovens, drinks machines, vacuum cleaners, and 'personal massage units' — Everything has been built with a full GPP or Genuine People Personality. This means that even a set of airlock doors has emotions, hopes, dreams, intelligence, and worse of all, the capacity for boredom. It should come as no surprise then, that the majority of these devices have a neurotic streak a mile wide."

  10. my father was the first person in the us to get a stim implementation on his brain for Parkinson's disease. it has worked to a degree but brake down is happening it dosnt last

  11. So i'm introducing Copper and Nikel Tattoos on your skull just for 9999$ don't let them turn you into a radio controlled zombie. sing up now

  12. Emotion recognition will be use for good (a handy feature in day to day life )and evil (better mind control tools), should we go ahead knowing that?

  13. Not everything electric is digital. Electric stimulation of the brain is still very much an analog process #maxwellsequations

  14. Havent some of them been proven to be a bit of bullshit, I was just searching my memory where I heard it from. and I have a match From World Science Festival. Many of the panelists were skeptical of the technology.

  15. She talks like – uh – speaks like she's had some – uh – put some electric currents through her head – uh – through her brain.

  16. One day, peoples thoughts won't be as private as they are now. Imagine that, people being able to hack into what you are thinking and know all about you.

  17. These companies will be beloved as innovators until they have a real working product that everyone wants. Then they'll be labeled 'Big Neuro' and forced to sell under price controls. Makers to Takers.

  18. Why would you want a patch to "simulate" a cup of coffee. Give up the smell, the heat, the sound, all that adds to the enjoyment. But then again. People don't like to drive a stick shift. Their loss.

  19. I really like her views? And love her opinions on them? But the upspeak is short selling her intelligence? On the subject? I'm not sure she knows what she's talking about? Since everything's a question? Ya know.

  20. I think you would have to look for symptoms of addiction, withdrawal, and dependency on any Outside stimulus. Also, this may lead to some sort of organic atrophy

  21. I had to watch this damn video thrice. The second time because I wanted to make sure I processed it all. The third time because this chick is a stone cold babe.

  22. I can't seem to find the product "think", I'm really interested in it, but google has brought me nothing. Anyone have a link to it?

  23. What a load of waffle. How about developing an app to stop the arms race…lol…or to save elephants from extinction?

  24. Neurotypicals developing means to electrically "stimulate" the brain to achieve desired results…  I hate to break it to you, but this isn't exactly new.

  25. A shitload of negative comments for a technology that has proven to hold extraordinary promise in treating depression, anxiety, OCD, severe chronic pain compared to routine psychiatric drugs. People who are really suffering don't care so much about paranoid mind control conspiracies and stuff that we've only seen in dystopian sci-fi films.

    Is anyone here going to quit drinking coffee or tea because hey, stimulants?

  26. search for vestibular stimulation…. use learning breakthrough program and change your brain… I have tried it and it's astounding. do it everyday for two years.

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