Summary:Team C consists of Sabrina Reed, Melissa Poisel (Team Leader), Andrew (John) O’Connell, and Iliana Navarro. The team has agreed to discuss human brain interfacing with neurochips in its final project. In adherence to the LAS 432 Project Guidelines, the following required elements will be researched and included in the final project about neurochips: A brief description of the technology and an explanation of the associated science; the historical development and context of the technology; political and legal influences; economic questions and considerations; psychological considerations and sociological effects; the technology in its cultural context, media influence; implications for the environment; moral and ethical implications. Since there are eight required elements, each team member will research two of the required elements, which will then be incorporated into the final project.
Thesis statement:Brain interfacing with neurochips has led to greater understanding of brain functions, and their continued use with the human brain will lead to technological breakthroughs.
Melissa Poisel: A brief description of the technology and an explanation of the associated science; the historical development and context of the technology.
I. A neurochip is a microprocessor made of silicon to detect electrical activity (Batagan, 2013).
A. A neuron is placed in a cage near a neurochip for electrical monitoring or electrical stimulation.
B. A neurochip can establish brain connections for the disabled.
II. Caltech scientists invent a neurochip to connect neurons (Tindol, 1997).
A. The neurons are taken from rat embryos.
B. The neuron cells havea two-week life period.
III. University of Calgary scientists improve neurochip technology (University of Calgary, 2010).
A. Large networks of brain cells can be monitored.
B. Scientists prove that a network of cells can connect to a chip.
C. Improvement allows for study of neurodegenerative diseases and drug therapies.
John O’Connell: Political and legal influences; economic questions and considerations.
IV. Politics and legal influences are linked with very emotionally charged subjects in this case.
A. What sort of privacy can be expected if we have neurochips implanted?
B. Who will likely support and oppose the use of neurochips, and what will their respective arguments be?
V. There are economic questions and considerations.
A. How can neurochips be used to make the workforce more efficient and therefore more profitable?
B. Will this added efficiency make many workers under-qualified for their jobs in the future?
Sabrina Reed: Psychological considerations and sociological effects; the technology in its cultural context, media influence.
VI. Our culture and related media influences need to be considered.
A. Will the media in general endorse the use of this new technology, considering all of its potential uses, such as mind reading?
B. Will our culture embrace the use of this new technology or reject it as going too far?
VII. Psychological and sociological effects need to be considered.
A. What are the side effects in a person’s thinking process when using neurochips?
B. As humans become implanted with more medical devices like neurochips, will society consider them to be more like humans or machines?
Iliana Navarro: Implications for the environment; moral and ethical implications.
VIII. There are moral and ethical implications.
A. Certain groups like religious groups may think it is wrong to alter the human body.
B. A new set of ethics may evolve with the use of neurochips.
IX. Environmental impact needs to be considered.
A. Environmental resources will be needed to make neurochips.
B. Will the manufacturing of neurochips have a positive, negative, or negligible effect on the environment?
Batagan, U. (2013, December 4). What is a neurochip? Prezi. Retrieved from January 10, 2014 from
Tindol, R. (1997, October 26). Caltech scientists devise first neurochip. California Institute of
Technology. Retrieved January 10, 2014 from http://www.caltech.edu
University of Calgary. (2010, August 10). Neurochip technology developed by Canadian team. Phys.org.
Retrieved January 10, 2014 from http://phys.org