This one article will addressed broadly from all kinds of directions. It is not simply an article about WHITE SUPREMACISTS and violence.
FIRST, let's recognize where the US went after the death of MLK who promoted PEACE, LOVE. AND UNDERSTANDING and was a 1% black boule-----freemason/Greek player. Since MLK our DEMOCRATIC PARTY which was THE UMBRELLA for all civil rights was taken by FAR-RIGHT WING GLOBAL BANKING 1% REAGAN/CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS who spent these few decades of ROBBER BARON sacking looting ------continuous wars overseas-------US CITIES AS FAILED STATES fueling poverty and violence---and recently Congress installed MILITARIZED POLICING tied to global corporate campus MILITARY AND SECURITY----with 24/7 surveillance inside and outside our buildings.
We say IMPLANT TECHNOLOGY is an ASSAULT on our sovereign bodies and minds------nothing MLK or DREAM is happening today MOVING FORWARD.
TELEMEDICINE IS A MILITARIZED MEDICINE---------MLK WOULD BE AGHAST.
Back in MLK days the DEMOCRATIC PARTY was REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL CAPITALISM-----you know, that LOCKEAN philosophy embraced by our founding fathers.....AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT ---I AM MAN.
CLINTON/OBAMA as far-right wing global banking 1% NEO-LIBERALS----killed civil rights and MLK'S DREAM.
'Brain-computer interface technology is moving fast and Silicon Valley is moving in. Will we all soon be typing with our minds?
Are brain implants the future of thinking?
Brain-computer interface technology is moving fast and Silicon Valley is…
Brain-computer interface technology is moving fast and Silicon Valley is moving in. Will we all soon be typing with our minds'?
Global banking 5% freemason/Greek players at the time of 2008 economic crash said--------THOSE PEOPLE ARE LOSER AND HATERS---that would be the 95% of US citizens black, white, and brown.
HATE CAN BE FOUND ANYWHERE.
We discussed how the suspension of JUSTICE in any society fuels the idea of VIOLENCE AS REVENGE.
It is the suspension of JUSTICE TODAY which fuels individual frustrations whether they are psychologically absorbed to become DEPRESSION AND/OR DRUG ALCOHOL ADDICTION or whether that becomes VIOLENCE.
In today's America, hate can be anywhere
Karl Baker, Esteban Parra and Jenna Miller, Delaware News Journal
Two Maryland towns, each just miles from the Delaware state line, are the homes of men accused of belonging to a racist group that the FBI says is seeking to violently create a "white ethno-state."
They and another man were arrested last week, four days before they would have traveled to a pro-gun rally Monday in Richmond, Virginia, according to the Associated Press, which cited an unnamed law enforcement official.
It’s been more than five decades since Martin Luther King Jr. famously said "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." With such proclamations, he led a nation torn apart by racial division into a Civil Rights Movement that ultimately outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
But these arrests, along with the 2017 confrontation in Charlottesville, Virginia, show that America's problems with race remain.
More than 1,000 hate group existed in the United States in 2018, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center – the Montgomery, Alabama nonprofit that tracks discrimination and bigotry.
Today, those fomenting unrest rarely gather in large public groups nor are there many large marches of men in white robes. Today, hate often dwells among isolated people living in echo chambers and communicating on the dark corners of the Internet.
Following the arrests of the men last week, residents of their towns of Elkton and Denton, Maryland expressed a range of reactions about them and how their communities have become linked to the term, neo-Nazi.
Some were reluctant to talk publicly about racism. Many called it a nationwide problem. Others were suspicious of the FBI's motives. And, still others expressed disappointment with young people who become radicalized, often on the internet.
Denton-resident Tom Besanson said these days when he sees a Confederate flag flying from the bed of a pickup truck, "I would almost bet that the driver is under 25 years of age," he said.
Richard Potter, an activist from Maryland’s Eastern Shore region, doesn’t think the beliefs of the men arrested are a reflection of the area as a whole.
Still, he said he could see how the isolation in a rural community like Denton could lead to such thoughts, he said.
“I will say people need to start taking a closer look at the Eastern Shore because it’s rural over here and things like that can happen,” he said.
Tracking the suspects
On Thursday, federal agents arrested Brian Mark Lemley, Jr., 33, of Elkton, Maryland and William Garfield Bilbrough IV, 19, of Denton, Maryland, as well as a Canadian man, on "firearms and alien-related charges." The arrests came after the men smashed cell phones and tried to flush the pieces down a toilet, a prosecutor said.
The arrests came a day before police in Georgia charged three other men, allegedly from the same neo-Nazi group, with plotting to kill members of an anti-fascist group.
In a sworn affidavit, an FBI agent claimed Lemley and Bilbrough belonged to a group, called the Base, which organized on an encrypted online chat room. There, members have discussed committing violence against black and Jewish people and shared ways to make explosives, the affidavit said.
Last year, Lemley and Bilbrough moved offline and harbored a group member, Patrik Jordan Mathews, who had fled from the law in his native Canada.
In recent weeks, all three attempted to manufacture a psychedelic drug, while Lemley and Matthews – both military veterans – also built an illegal machine gun, according to the FBI.
Last week, those two "stopped by Lemley's prior residence in Maryland" to retrieve equipment for body armor and some of the 1,500 rounds ammunition he had recently purchased and stored there.
On Friday, there were two cars parked in front of a suburban Elkton home that Lemley has listed as his address. A man inside, who declined to open the door, said Lemley does not live there.
Several neighbors said the property is known for the many cars that come and go throughout the day. One neighbor remembered Tuesday as a particularly active night, thinking his rowdy neighbor was hosting a party.
Two days later, Lemley, Mathews and Bilbrough were arrested.
Sixty miles to the south is a Denton home listed as Bilbrough's address. Visiting the rural house means passing along a relatively wooded, rural street dotted with a Confederate flag, before driving past Bilbrough's Electric and down a long dirt road.
A woman at the Bilbrough address declined to comment. Another woman at a home next to Bilbrough's Electric said she didn't know anything about the case.
Along Denton's main street, there are two gun shops (one that also does tattoos), a popular bar and grill, a black barber shop and an antique store with a slogan of "soul, creativity, love."
Nikki Jantz, owner of the Meraki antique store and a Washington, D.C.-area transplant, said she experienced culture shock after moving to Denton, because "if you sneeze here, everyone can hear it."
Jantz, who identified as half latino and "a mix of other things," said people in town seemed unsure how to perceive her at first. But as she's settled in she has found a strong support system.
When asked about the recent arrests, she said the problem exists "everywhere" in the country.
Our discussions often detail the difference between being REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS of LOCKEAN philosophy which was what our US founding fathers and US CONSTITUTION are based--------and this constant reference to HITLER FASCISM/NAZISM as the catch-all for any US SOVEREIGN CITIZEN fighting to keep that LOCKEAN philosophy in their government. Whether that unfolds as AMERICAN FLAG or A CONFEDERATE FLAG-----those ties are not HITLER FASCIST----they are LOCKEAN I AM MAN.
'The arrests came a day before police in Georgia charged three other men, allegedly from the same neo-Nazi group, with plotting to kill members of an anti-fascist group'.
SOVEREIGN CITIZENS in the US------are tied to several centuries of LOCKEAN US CONSTITUTION and the idea of all people having RIGHTS AS CITIZENS.
Below we see why sometimes we wonder if an article is a FALSE FLAG-----because today WE CANNOT SNEEZE HERE------is true across MARYLAND and how one organizes these kinds of violence========when in US cities as FAILED STATES -----VIOLENCE IS CONSTANT.
WHY WOULD PEOPLE WHO ARE TARGETING ONE POPULATION GROUP OR ANOTHER-----USE THIS ORGANIZING WHEN THEY CAN GET LOST IN A VIOLENT CITY?
'Nikki Jantz, owner of the Meraki antique store and a Washington, D.C.-area transplant, said she experienced culture shock after moving to Denton, because "if you sneeze here, everyone can hear it."'
MEANWHILE, I am here in Baltimore working hard to attain JUSTICE from militarized surveillance structure which doesn't allow anyone to SNEEZE---EVERYONE CAN HEAR IT.
OUR US HISTORY OF CONFEDERATE FLAGS AND SLAVERY IN SOUTH------WAS HEALING UNTIL CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA AS OLD WORLD KINGS-----STARTED TO BRING BACK COLONIALISM.
Is that man in mid-west wearing a COLONIAL FLAG HAT shouting for TRUMP really a NAZI FASCIST? Well, TRUMP is CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA neo-liberal-----so, these SYMBOLS are irrelevant.
People are Angry, Unrest Spreading to the U.S
by Ken Jorgustin | Updated Feb 24, 2011 | current-events-economics-politics
Credit: an old LIFE magazine photo
What’s going on in Wisconsin?
If you look at both sides of the story, one side is insinuating that teachers there make too much money and are a target for cuts, while the other side is angry because they have seen the banks and the elite getting bailed out – so why should they be targeted instead.
I believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg that awaits us all, and not just here in the U.S. Geopolitical unrest has been spreading around the world from Tunisia, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, Libya to Ohio and Wisconsin in the U.S.
The underlying problem is money.
People are angry over higher prices, especially high food prices in other parts of the protesting world. Higher food and energy prices are creeping in to the American economy as well, and some predict the rate of increase to go higher as an inflationary environment gets underway.
People are angry about high unemployment, again, especially in other protesting nations where unemployment rates soar into the 50 percent range. In the U.S. the real unemployment rate (counting those who have fallen off their extended benefits) is in the neighborhood of 22 percent.
People are angry that they have been forced to bail out the banks who have received trillions of dollars in bailout money, as if to reward them for their risky behavior and bad bets which had brought them to the edge of collapse.
People are angry that the banks and hedge funds are continuing their risky behavior with their derivatives and ‘exotic financial instruments’, while the bailout money remains at the top of the food chain and is not flowing down to Main Street.
The majority of U.S. States are in deep financial doodoo, and we all know the brown stuff that the federal government is in…
The entire scheme is collapsing and we are starting to see the effects. More and more people are going to be affected by what must inevitably happen. That is, more cuts, higher taxes, more currency devaluation, more inflation, more unemployment, and a stagnant economy. When the number of ‘unhappy people’ reaches a threshold, they begin to make noise. This is what we are beginning to witness.
How do we prepare for the coming changes?
Eliminate debt where possible.
If you can afford it, buy extra food and consumables now, before prices go higher.
Keep extra cash nearby in case the banks close during a collapse.
Become more self sufficient and resilient to change.
Keep your eyes and ears open to the news around you.
Don’t believe that the stock market will keep going up.
Plan as though the stock market could indeed collapse once again.
The anger among our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE being designated LOSERS by a 5% freemason/Greek player as WINNERS -------is the same whether that MAN is white grabbing a SYMBOL of CONFEDERATE FLAG---US FLAG or whether it is a black MAN/FAMILY shouting against CITY HALL AND POLICE as US CITIES AS FAILED STATES makes LIVING too hard.
NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG like to say my CAPTURE BY HITTING is making me 123 YEARS A SLAVE. Ergo, they can illegally surveille my living space-------they can HACK into illegally implanted BRAIN DEVICES----like COCHLEAR IMPLANTS-----and push this idea of SLAVERY COMING BACK TO AMERICA. These NOSY NEIGHBORS are BLACK AND WHITE-------FAKE JEWISH AND PROTESTANT.
The HITTING structure is tied to FREEMASONRY/GREEK-------which responsible for that white man angry at government ----that black man violent in trying to survive having economy ----that woman as myself literally shanghaied into 'STUDIES' of IMPLANTATION and extreme continuous surveillance.
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OUR MILITARY IS A DISASTER-------says probably a VET with long history of FIGHTING FOR THAT AMERICAN FLAG.
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So, with 24/7 surveillance inside and outside buildings----with health solutions bringing BRAIN IMPLANT technology inside PEOPLE'S HEADS------WHY IS THERE SO MUCH VIOLENCE IN BALTIMORE?
The answer is the same-----BALTIMORE is captured by a small percentage which do not recognize SOVEREIGN CITIZENS HAVING RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS------especially in accumulating wealth. The WHITE 'SUPREMACIST'----this white, middle class woman being labelled CRAZY because I am a REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE LOCKEAN LIBERAL CAPITALIST------and these black citizens forced in a BLACK MARKET ECONOMY because the same CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA GOVERNMENT killed our strong US domestic economy.
We still think much of the violence is created by SURVEILLANCE INSIDE AND OUT-----by IMPLANTATION controlling people's ability to think and reason-----they become TOOLS of THE BAD GUYS ----POLITICAL MACHINES.
Nonstop violence as Baltimore nears record homicide rateBaltimore could wrap up 2019 with its highest ever per-capita homicide rate
REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press
December 25, 2019, 12:30 PM
News headlines today: Jan. 17, 2020Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.The Associated Press
BALTIMORE -- Baltimore could wrap up 2019 with its highest per-capita homicide rate on record as killings of adults and minors alike for drugs, retribution, money or no clear reason continue to add up and city officials appear unable to stop the violence.
Police recorded 338 homicides as of Tuesday, following a week of relentless gunfire that saw eight people shot — three of them fatally — in one day and nine others — one fatally — another day. That total is up from 309 in 2018 and four shy of the 342 killings tallied in 2017 and 2015, the year when the city's homicide rate suddenly spiked.
With just over 600,000 residents, Baltimore's homicide rate would reach approximately 57 per 100,000 residents if the death toll reaches 342. That would eclipse the rate of 1993, when the city had a record 353 killings but was also much more populous.
By contrast, New York City, with more than 8 million residents, had 306 homicides through Dec. 15.
Police yellow tape and makeshift memorials with flowers, stuffed animals and balloons have become common in some neighborhoods of this deeply segregated city. Memorials can be found within blocks of each other at the same time.
“It's a major concern for me, not just as a hopeful man but as a citizen of Baltimore who grew up in inner city Baltimore,” said Carmichael “Stokey” Cannady, a reformed drug dealer turned community activist who wants to be mayor. “I remember when a person had a conflict and would have a fight at best, now these young kids, at the age of 13, 14 years old, are finding handguns in their possession and they use them as toys ... The whole system needs to be revamped.”
This is the fifth year in a row this Mid-Atlantic community dubbed “Charm City” has reported more than 300 killings. Before 2015, that number had generally been on the decline, but the trend reversed after civil unrest followed the death in police custody of a young black man, Freddie Gray.
Reasons for the upward trend vary and are subject to interpretation. Many accuse police of taking a hands-off approach to crime fighting since six of their own were charged in connection with Gray's death. Others attribute it to the apparent free flow of illegal guns, the effects of a punishing opioid epidemic, social inequalities and a lack of decent jobs for many in disenfranchised neighborhoods. Some say political incompetence at City Hall also contributed.
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who was tapped this year to fix a dispirited department and regain residents' trust, unveiled a five-year crime-fighting plan in July, that includes a goal of responding to calls within 10 minutes and prioritizing those threatening life or property. The plan also contains recruitment strategies, community engagement efforts and accountability measures. But the department lacks the personnel and resources to achieve all the goals, and Harrison has acknowledged that the city's deep-rooted “gun culture” also must be changed.
“People can expect that number to go down, we are building capacity, but we need to have some type of effect on the poverty, the housing, the education, the addiction, the skills, the jobs and the lack thereof, together at the same time,” Harrison told The Associated Press. “All of that has to be addressed while prosecuting people who commit crimes and preventing other people from committing those crimes. Otherwise, it continues and then you ask the question, 'When does it stop?' without fixing the reason it starts.”
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice and members of the state's congressional delegation announced additional resources to help Harrison and federal law enforcement in Maryland track guns, hire additional police officers and beef up task forces. Harrison, in a reversal, agreed to allow three surveillance airplanes to fly above the city for up to six months as part of a pilot program.
Law enforcement experts, however, warn it would be unfair to assume that law enforcement alone will reduce violent crime.
“Let's not assume simply that by putting more officers, this is going to lead to greater closure of cases or will be a deterrent," Jeffrey Ian Ross, a criminologist at the University of Baltimore. "It may help families, it may put behind bars some more bad guys, but it doesn't mean it necessarily leads to a decrease in crime and homicides.”
NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG like HITTING me in the evening as it seems hacking in COCHLEAR IMPLANTS need the equipment inside these buildings. EEG/SUBLIMINAL MESSAGING with WIFI that can use those implants as a BASE.
I discuss often what having BRAIN IMPLANTS is like-----having not known I had them --then knowing and trying to escape the 24/7 VIDEO AND MICROPHONE of everything I do.
The experimental part of why HOSTING SERVER BARBER SURGEONS used ME for experiments began with my simply having NATURAL DEPRESSION. The 99.9% of WE THE BALTIMORE CITIZENS are tied to PROGRAMS of addiction---of mental health depression ---and we KNOW these people have BRAIN IMPLANTS. These 'studies' have been happening these few decades.
WHY IS THERE SO MUCH VIOLENCE IN BALTIMORE? WHY AM I IMPLANTED WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE--WITHOUT JUSTICE----WHY IS A WHITE CITIZEN CONCERNED WITH NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY?
It is all the same reason-----the government of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA----ROBBER BARONS sacking and looting raping and pillaging taking US to colonial status.
'Military-Funded Brain Implants: DARPA' The white VET is angry towards the military------black citizens are angry because those PLAYERS don't to share the money/economy----and I am fighting to escape the very policies as
REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE ----I HAVE FOUGHT ALL MY LIFE.
Our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE do not hate each other-----or immigrants----our US FOUNDING FATHERS as LOCKEAN governors -----warned against EXTREME WEALTH EXTREME POWER----
Bionic Brain Implants For Depression & PTSD in Development
Although most people turn to pharmaceutical medications to cope with mental illness like depression and PTSD, medications are not a person’s only option. In many cases, making healthy lifestyle changes (i.e. natural cures for depression) such as getting more exercise, reducing stress, and staying out of toxic relationships can be beneficial for a person’s mental health. Though lifestyle changes work well in some cases, there are others that try everything in their power to get better (medications, psychotherapy, dietary changes, exercise) – yet despite their proactive efforts, nothing helps their depression.
For these individuals, pursuing antidepressant augmentation strategies may be helpful, but even in these cases, poly-pharmacology is still often unsuccessful and riddled with side effects. As a last-ditch effort, some people turn to alternative, technology-based options that have shown some promise. Examples of these treatments include: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), vagus nerve stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), neurofeedback, and low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS). In some cases, these non-pharmaceutical options can be very helpful in reducing depression.
Bionic Brain Implants for Depression / PTSD
Another option that people may come to fruition within the next 3 years is that of bionic brain implants for depression. This involves inserting an implant inside a person’s head with the goal of specifically targeting faulty brain activity associated with making a person stay “stuck” in their depression. In fact, the first bionic devices to treat resistant forms of depression have already been tested.
Unfortunately, the first devices that were developed were by in large unsuccessful. Although they could be surgically inserted into a person’s head, they didn’t help the majority of individuals who were brave enough to act as guinea pigs for the technology. However, just because the majority of people were unable to find relief from the bionic implant, doesn’t mean that it failed for everyone. In the minority of individuals for which it worked, not only did it work, but it worked extremely well.
THIS IS FAKE NEWS-----I AM TOLD TO BE A SUCCESS WHEN I WAS THAT GUINEA PIG-----
A specific case involving a woman named Liss Murphy who had struggled with debilitating depression for years was cited as being a beneficiary of this technology. She experienced a significant reduction in depressive symptoms after trying countless medications in tandem with therapy sessions. Upon getting a bionic implant in her brain to help counteract depressive symptoms, she noted a significant improvement in mood – and it has been maintained since she received the implant.
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Since it didn’t work for a majority of people, the device obviously needed to be reevaluated. With that said, the small minority of individuals that found it beneficial found it highly effective. Neurosurgeon Dr. Emad Eskandar was responsible for surgically implanting the device in several patients. He stated that, “When you pooled everyone together it didn’t work. But there were like five people out of the 10 we did that had remarkable benefits and went into complete remission. We couldn’t continue with the study because on the average it failed, but for those people in whom it worked, boy did it work.”
The type of device that Liss Murphy had implanted in her brain was considered “older” compared to the new devices on the horizon. She received her treatment in 2006, and technology has come a long way throughout the past 8 years. The type of device that she had implanted ran on what is referred to as an “open loop” system. In other words, it combined the process of brain mapping, trial and error, and determining a location and frequency that are optimal for her brain. The bionic stimulator stays activated all the time, and there are currently similar bionic devices that help treat Parkinson’s disease.
MY BRAIN IMPLANTS WERE IN 2006-2007 AS WELL AND AS WITH ANY DEPRESSION BEING NATURAL----DEPRESSION GENERALLY CURES ITSELF
Military-Funded Brain Implants: DARPA
In order to target psychiatric illnesses, the military’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is trying to bypass the entire pharmaceutical industry. Their goal is to create brain implants that treat specific psychiatric disorders. There is currently a $70 million project in the works that is completely funded by the military. As a result of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental illnesses that are common among troops, the military wants to find a realistic way to treat these common, debilitating conditions.
Currently they are attempting to create a device that can be placed on the outside of an individual’s head that will be able to determine whether the person is experiencing depression or PTSD. In addition to detecting the onset of these conditions, the device will be able to prevent the conditions from fully developing. Simultaneously they are working on an improved version of the bionic implant that Liss Murphy received in 2006. The new device is going to be small and according to Jim Moran (of Draper Laboratory), it is so small that it “would easily fit inside a box of Tic-Tacs.”
Creating a “closed-loop” system
In order to take this technology to the next level, researchers want to create a more advanced “closed-loop” system; this would be significantly more advanced than the “open loop” system implant that Liss Murphy received in 2006. A “closed loop” system would essentially involve the insertion of brain sensors that will be able to determine when brain activity becomes abnormal.
When brain activity is maladaptive, the closed-loop system would immediately attempt to correct it and then know whether the correction was successful. Neuroscientist from MIT, Dr. Emery Brown, stated that this system is similar to the GPS on a cell phone. He is currently responsible for creating the algorithms that will be used in the implant.
Here’s how the “GPS”-like feature will be useful… Let’s say you are trying to get from Point A to Point B, but end up straying from the most efficient route. The GPS in your phone is able to determine the error in your route and guide you back to the most efficient route. With the implant, if your brain activity transitions to activity that would represent depression or PTSD, the device provides stimulation to correct the activity. In essence, the device provides the same systematic model used by GPS systems to correct a person’s navigation.
Recognizing Neural “Signatures” of Depression and PTSD
In order to make this “closed loop” system a reality, researchers first need to discover neural signatures that correlate with PTSD and depression. Dr. Emery Brown’s first goal is to come up with templates or “signatures” that would represent a specific condition like PTSD. It is long known that those with depression and PTSD have altered brain activity, but the specifics are difficult to determine.
It is somewhat unclear exactly how he’s attempting to do this, but it sounds very interesting. Might he be examining activity within specific regions of the brain and blood flow? Or is it primarily based on electrical activity or brain waves? Or could it be that the device used to correct someone with a “signature” that is indicative of a condition like depression will stimulate changes in brain waves and specific activity in certain parts of the brain? At this point it is difficult to determine how this will work.
Since everyone has a different brain, different genetics, it is not farfetched to assume that those with PTSD may have different “neural signatures” in comparison to each other. Although there may be some common attributes among PTSD sufferers, there’s no telling whether 2 people with PTSD will display different neural signatures altogether. If this is the case, one specific template may not fit all individuals – and treatment will need to be tailored to the individual.
When asked whether there was something that can be traced to determine neural signatures, Eskandar said, “We don’t know. So that is probably going to be the single hardest part.” Chances are that neural signatures among those with depression and PTSD will share similarities, yet significant differences. For the sake of this research, it is hoped that there will be some specifics of a neural signature that are universal among all cases of PTSD and depression.
Clearly these neuroscientists are going to have a very difficult task on their hands trying to come up with something. My guess is that they will attempt to establish some sort of common ground that is observed in the neural signatures of the majority, and then target those specifics with the programming of the bionic implant. Therefore it may end up reducing a significant portion of symptoms, but individual reactions will vary.
Battle of Brain Regions: Amygdala vs. Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex
The researchers have a general idea of how to create this device. They want to use specific brain regions to essentially “battle” against others. As an example, during PTSD, it is known that the amygdala becomes overactive – leading to sensitization and a fear-response. The area of the brain called the “ventromedial prefrontal cortex” is known to suppress activity in the amygdala.
Therefore if their device were able to recognize that the amygdala has become overactive, they could stimulate the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and an individual would likely experience a reduction in symptoms. With the device that they are creating, they would likely start by targeting the amygdala. When the device recognized a certain neural signature that would signal PTSD, it would then stimulate another region of the brain to essentially “turn off” the amygdala. Of course this is easier said than done, but that’s their general idea for starting with this bionic implant.
The Challenge to Create a Bionic Brain Implant that Works
The bionic implant that is being created will be responsible for recording a significant amount of data. In addition to the data recording, the implant must be tiny enough to fit inside a person’s head – with battery power. With rapid advancement in memory storage and computer technology, researchers have been able to essentially place a wall of computers in very tiny space, and the ultimate goal is to surgically insert it into the brain.
The company (Draper) that is behind the creation of these bionic brain implants has also successfully created various types of missiles for the military and navigation systems for NASA. The technology that they are currently developing to influence a person’s brain is a huge step beyond their existing creations. Draper Labs is currently working in cahoots with Massachusetts General Hospital to develop and test this technology.
The implants will be developed and created in state-of-the-art microfabrication laboratories. In these labs, workers must abide by strict precautionary measures such as wearing photosensitive apparel. A developer for the company named Peter Chin has expressed the difficulty behind software development for these implants with the following quote, “Trying to look for something in a dark room… the shape of which I’m not even sure of.”
His biggest challenge is figuring out a way to extract the signal from noise within activity of the brain – and do this with efficiency. To help put things in perspective, he was quoted as saying brain activity is like, “A hundred billion people singing at the same time – sometimes they’re off tune, sometimes they’re in tune, and sometimes you hear a particular harmony that may say something about this whole chorus, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
To figure out what harmony or harmonies to hone in on, it will require a lot of math. Additionally, the harmonies may be one particular signature one minute, and completely different within the hour. Therefore it will take a significant amount of time to devise appropriate algorithms that are necessary for treatment.
When will the brain implant device become available for testing?
According to the creators, the goal is to have something available for trials within 3 years. Although three years is a long period of time, this could be potentially groundbreaking technology in the field of mental health. When it becomes available for testing, only those who are: A) Volunteers and B) Suffer from PTSD or treatment-resistant depression will be able to try this device. This is not going to become a device that’s used by everyone, nor do they expect it to be effective for all users. However, if they are able to help a few people recover, they will consider the implant a success.
If this project is deemed a success, it may pave the way for more bionic technology in the treatment of mental illnesses. This would mean expanding upon existing knowledge and attempting to make improvements even on a groundbreaking bionic implant. It would also mean coming up with more customized solutions for treating individual brain abnormalities. Additionally, it would be a much-needed alternative to the largely problematic industry of pharmaceuticals. The bionic treatments would be more targeted, result in less side effects, and would hopefully be correcting the direct cause of the problem in regards to brain activity.
Considering the large percentage of people who fail to respond to traditional antidepressant treatment, and that depression is projected to be the biggest global disease burden by 2030, it’s about time that we start exploring alternative ways to combat the problem. Even if this device fails, it is a step in the right direction and thinking outside the box beyond pharmaceutical drugs.
If the device ends up being successful, it could provide thousands of people who have essentially been rendered helpless by their mental illness. Additionally, in the event that the device doesn’t work as well as planned in the majority, doesn’t mean that it won’t work for someone. In the process of creating this technology, researchers are going to have a significant amount of data on brain functioning in humans.
How well will the brain implants work?
It is important to never get too excited and caught up believing that a utopian treatment for depression or PTSD is on the horizon. While this device may be a stepping-stone towards revolutionizing treatment for mental illnesses, it may also end up being a complete flop. It is a very difficult undertaking, and despite all the efforts that are going into the creation of this particular device, there’s never a guarantee that it will work.
While the creators are very excited about the potential of this device, they balance this excitement with caution. Individuals like Liss Murphy who have found relief from their treatment-resistant depression with bionic implants will be hoping that this newer technology will be able to provide individuals with the same benefits that she has gotten from her device.
Hypothetical thinking, future possibilities of bionic brain technology
Could it be possible that one day there will be an implant that can be tailored specifically to an individual, giving the person custom control over what they want to experience? In other words, could a bionic implant be inserted into the brain, acting as a universal hub that allows a person to feel any way they want? For example, if someone needed to focus, could they simply program their device wirelessly to trigger brain activity associated with deep concentration?
On the same token, could the device be used by individuals that want to explore consciousness and experiment different ways of thinking? Will all permutations of brain activity be mapped and documented in a catalog of some sort that people can view and choose to experience? What if a person wants to become more outgoing? Could the device trigger the speaking and/or social center of the brain to make a person more extroverted?
Of course these are all hypothetical questions and the concepts are currently far more advanced than this idea. However, assuming technology keeps progressing at such a rapid-rate, it could be assumed that bionic implants may overtake the pharmaceutical industry for treating mental illnesses. Eventually after the bionic phase of the future, it can be safely assumed that we will be able to correct genetic abnormalities via gene therapy and stem-cells if necessary.
It is also possible that some individuals may opt to become cyborgs of sort with bionic implants and genetic modifications – making them have superhuman abilities. Of course this is all speculation, and probably won’t become a reality within my lifetime, but it is something to consider. At one point in the past, people never thought we’d have color television – look how far we’ve come.
Final thoughts on bionic brain implants for depression
The idea that we could influence the brain with bionic implants is somewhat intriguing. I’m not sure how many people would opt for the implants, but assuming that they could be safely inserted via surgery, those with treatment-resistant forms of depression may be open to the idea of getting some sort of therapeutic benefit. It should be mentioned that companies aren’t able to develop a bionic implant that is able to treat all cases of depression.
Additionally, the long-term effects of such treatments will need to be well-documented and safety grounds will need to be established before they become mainstream. Problems with batteries and infection will need to be taken into consideration. Also, even among individuals for which these implants are helpful, there is a chance that insertion of a particular implant may result in other forms of cognitive impairment and/or be of concern to general health.
While I admire those who think outside the box, and also believe that bionic implants (of all types) will be frequently used in the far future with great success, we are a far cry from making this a reality. Should a bionic implant get FDA approval for treatment-resistant depression, it will put some pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to create better medications. And while I don’t think it will cause a collapse in psychotropic pharmaceuticals, it will put pressure on drug companies to create better treatment options (e.g. drugs that work quickly, with few side effects, and over a long-term).
I believe that in the far future, there will be treatments that are individualized based on anatomy, genetics, and other factors. Someone with an abnormal brain structure that is causing their illness may need a bionic implant of some sort to target their depression. In the farther future, I believe that the combination of stem-cells and gene therapy will result in cures for all forms of mental illness – including depression.
In the meantime, let’s see how long it takes researchers to come up with a bionic solution that actually works for a majority. In conclusion, I liked the quote from neuroscientist Emery Brown who said, “We’re moving out of the box. We’re not just saying, ‘Let’s rely on the drugs’ anymore.”
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