The long wait is over as the anticipated Kernel Helmet that has the features of reading the human brain is about to be shipped in United States.
The Kernel helmet is reported to gain insight into brain aging and mental disorders, and even mechanics. Researchers can’t wait to use this “Wonder” helmet which is reported to have the ability to analyze the brain.
This analysis will help neuroscience researches, computer science and even electrical engineers. It can be used for early detection of ailments like brain tumor, strokes, concussions and so on.
Bryan Johnson, the founder of the Kernel Company, while showing his elation over this technological breakthrough, said: “To make progress on all the fronts that we need to as a society, we have to bring the brain online,”
He has spent five years to raise about $110 million (roughly Rs. 815 corers) — an average half of his own money—to develop the helmets and this may yet be a dream come through for him.
Bryan Johnson further hinted that he had a total of some kind of record for rejection, as 228 investors passed on his sales pitch.Luckily for him, he had made a fortune from his previous company in the payments industry, leading to him almost zeroing out his bank account last year to keep Kernel off the drain.
Today, all over the world, brain tests remain rare and expensive. Presently an helmet cost $50,000.But Bryan says by 2030, he wants to bring down the price to the Smartphone range in a bid to put a helmet in every American household. The helmets, he further said, will allow people to finally be seriously conscious of their mental health, to adhere better, to examine the mental effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson is a measurement obsessive. Always at the forefront of what is known as the “quantified-self” movement. Reports have it that, about every cell in his body has been repeatedly analyzedby a team of doctors, and their tests now depicts him as a full decade younger than his 43 years. More reason he wants everyone else to analyze, modify, and perfect their minds. No one knows the end results, or even if this is indeed a good idea, but one thing is for sure, Johnson has taken it upon himself to find out.
Early 2015, Johnson had staked his fortune in Kernel. When he founded the company that year, his modest plan was to develop surgical implants that will be able to send information to and fro between humans and computers. The exact way Keanu Reeves downloads the Kung Fu into his brain in The Matrix .In his early days, Johnson had a discussion with potential partner ElonMusk, whose then company , Neuralinks inserts implants in pigs and monkeys. But unfortunately nothing tangible came of that research.
The core idea was, to transfer thoughts and feelings directly from one consciousness to another, to be able to convey emotions, ideas and feelings to other people more richly than thehuman language allows. And this birthed the Kernel helmet.
The helmet has destinations like Harvard Medical School, the University of Texas, and the Institute for Advanced Consciousness Studies (a California Lab focused on researching altered states).All in a bid to research on things as Alzheimer’s and the effect of obesity on brain aging, and to refine meditation techniques.