New Brain Chip Zaps You When You Think About Food
Look at that picture above. Are you thinking about food right now? If you said yes, and you had the new chip from NeroPace firmly implanted in your head, you'd be feeling an electrical shock delivered directly to your brain in an effort to teach you not to overeat.
This cutting edge science experiment, conducted by scientists at Stanford University, is gearing up for human trials in 6 morbidly obese people after proving to be extremely effective in laboratory rats. The tech is based on a device the company has been selling that helps reduce seizures by detecting subtle changes in your brain's chemistry and administering a mild electric shock to the part of the brain responsible. This charge usually resets the area, thus ending the brain's misfire that caused the seizure.
Theoretically, this tech will work on vices like smoking and overeating too. In fact, clinical trials on 6 morbidly obese is set to start soon. The volunteers will have a slightly modified version of the NeroPace NSM chip implanted in their brains that will detect when they start thinking of food. The chip will collect the data on exactly how the brain reacts in each individual for about 6 months to set a baseline. Then, the shock discharging function of the chip will be activated. After that, the device will send a mild shock to that part of the brain reminding the patient not to act on their impulse.
The volunteers have already had their baselines set, and are scheduled to begin the shock portion of the experiment tomorrow. The clinical trial is set to conclude in 2025.