In the next few weeks, a company called Kernel will begin sending hundreds of customers across the US a $ 50,000 (approximately Rs. 37 lakhs) protective helmet that can read their minds.
Weighing in at just a few pounds, the protective helmets have nerve endings and other electronic devices that measure and analyze the electrical impulses of the brain and blood flow at the speed of thought, providing a window on how the organ reacts to the earth.
Basic technologies have been around for years, but they are often found in multimillion-dollar room equipment that requires patients to stay in the medical setting.
The promise of the most affordable league technology anyone can wear and walk around with, well, bends.
Excellent researchers expect to use protective helmets to gain insight into brain aging, mental disorders, collisions, beatings, and equipment after previous meditation experiences and psychedelic journeys.
“In order to make progress in all the fields we need as a society, we have to bring our brains online,” said Bryan Johnson, who spent more than five years and raised nearly $ 110 million (about $ 815 million) – part of his own money – to make protective helmets.
Johnson is Kernel’s chief executive, a company that tries to build and sell thousands, or millions, of lightweight, inexpensive hats with the oomph and precision needed for what neuroscientists, computer scientists, and electrical engineers have been trying to do for years: look at a human skull outside university or government labs.
In what should have been a kind of rejection record, 228 investors have transferred Johnson’s retail space, and the chief executive, who makes money from his former company in the payroll industry, almost released his bank account last year to keep Kernel active.
“We had not been lost for two weeks,” he said. While Kernel’s technology still has a lot to prove, the successful demonstrations, which took place just before the COVID-19 spill over the world, confirmed some of Johnson’s skepticism that he had shot at achieving his goals.
A key element of Johnson’s voice is “Know yourself,” a phrase that goes back to ancient Greece, emphasizing how little we have learned about our head from Plato.
Scientists have developed all sorts of experiments and tests to measure our heart, blood, and even DNA, but brain tests remain relatively uncommon and costly, greatly reducing our details in the body that defines us most.
“If you go to a cardiologist and they ask you how your heart is feeling, you might think they’re crazy,” Johnson said. “You could ask them to measure your blood pressure and cholesterol and all that.”
Kernel’s first-of-its-kind helmets are targeted at brain research centers and, perhaps modestly, companies seeking to understand people’s understanding of how they think to shape their products.
By 2030, Johnson says, he wants to lower the price of the smartphone range and wear a protective helmet for every American family – which begins to sound like putting on a prescription drug.
The hats, he says, will allow people to finally take their mental health seriously, so that they can get along better, examine the psychological effects of the epidemic and even the underlying causes of American political divisions.
If Biden’s management wants to sponsor such a study, Johnson says, he would be more than happy to sell helmets instead of helmets and start: “Let’s do the biggest brain study in history and try to reconnect and go back to a stable country.”
Johnson is an over-the-counter. He is at the forefront of what is known as the quantified-self movement. Almost every cell in his body is screened frequently and is provided by a team of doctors, and their examination now makes him ten years younger than his 43 years.
In line with those lines, he wants to allow everyone to analyze, transform, and perfect his mind.