As of now, cyborgs have only existed for us in sci-fi movies and video games. They possess the abilities of a robot and a human being and have both organic and biomechatronic body parts. However, a question has always loomed about the existence of cyborgs and their artificial intelligence. People with disabilities who have cochlear implants to restore hearing may be considered cyborgs. In which case, there are already more than 100,000 cyborgs in the world already! These devices are constructed of both organic and machine parts which have earned their users the name “cyborgs”.
Recently, a groundbreaking discovery was made where new material was found that could possibly allow the human brain to merge with artificial intelligence. This new material is bio-synthetic in nature and can help integrate electronics with human body parts. Till this discovery was made, implanting traditional materials like gold, steel, and silicon into the human brain has been a major challenge. It caused scarring and also interrupted the flow of signals between muscles and artificial intelligence computers.
The research was conducted at the University of Delaware where Dr. David Martin, who conducted the research, got the idea for the artificial intelligence project. They came to this conclusion after a lot of trials and errors. He said, “It wasn’t working well, so we thought there must be a better way. We started looking at organic electronic materials like conjugated polymers that were being used in non-biological devices. We found a chemically stable example that was sold commercially as an antistatic coating for electronic displays.”
The material that has been used is called PEDOT. It has the exact properties that can merge human tissue with electronic hardware. It can improve the performance of medical implants as well as reduce scarring to zero. Many industries have been working to put PEDOT to use. Elon Musk’s Neuralink has shown hopes to achieve success in the commercial field using this material. It is, indeed, a promising material to accelerate artificial intelligence in the world!