In the future, the title of this article just might be true!
According to a story on CNN, scientists have apparently been working on a new “tongue port” to the brain.
For those who don’t know, “port” is a fairly common computer term for a connection point whereby information can be passed into a computer. Laptops, for example, like the one I’m typing on right now, come with USB ports, Firewire ports and others.
The “brain port” was actually pioneered 30 years ago by a neuroscientist who discovered that the tongue was a great transmitter of messages to the brain. By connecting a device to the tongue, signals of various sorts, including sonar, apparently, can be “transmitted” to the brain. In reality, it sounds a lot to me like the information is simply transformed into some sort of electrical impulse that stimulates the tongue. One guinea pig described it as feeling like “Pop Rocks” candies.
Nevertheless, it’s an interesting development. It has already been used to help blind people better navigate their world — and even play catch!
On the downside, the device allows mothers to finally, really, have eyes in the back of their heads. 🙁