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September 23, 2015

Do You Have Internet on The Brain?

Some Americans Would Love To

Can’t get Internet service on your phone? What if you could get it in your brain? It turns out 1 in 4 Americans would like to do just that. This goes way beyond wearables, and reflects a growing shift towards merging man and machine.

According to a Vrge Analytics survey, 25 percent of Americans said that if they could safely implant chip in their brain to get access to the Internet they would do so. That is more than double the 11 percent who said they would have done so in 2008.

But here’s where it gets interesting: Men are much more likely to want to have the Internet on their brain than woman. According to the survey, 35 percent of men said they’d have a chip implanted, while only 15 percent of women said they would.

“Believe it or not, but over 100,000 people worldwide already have electric implants in their brain.”

What does that say? Studies have shown that men are more apt to use their smartphone for business reasons or dating, while women use it more for staying in touch with friends or sharing, such as photos or where they had lunch.

But a chip in your brain? Believe it or not, but over 100,000 people worldwide already have electric implants in their brain, according to the Boston Globe. Most are used to treat medical ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, but the U.S. government intends to invest $70 million to advance neuroscience.

So while the idea of putting a chip in your brain to access the Internet may seem farfetched – and perhaps a little scary to imagine giving criminals that type of brainpower – some variation is probably not that far off the horizon.

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