The year 2017 might have been a difficult one for some, but others have had quite an awesome year.

For instance, at Neurogadget, we have plenty of things to celebrate and among them are the incredible neuroscience breakthroughs that have changed the future of technology.

With the ever-growing world of technology, nearly every single day brings something newer, cooler and better than the previous days. However, the impact each of these discoveries have on the future of technology varies greatly. For this reason, this article brings you the best 5 neuroscience breakthroughs in technology that will still be felt years from now.

Smartphone addiction Neuroscience

#1 Smartphone addiction

We have been using smartphones for more than a decade now but understanding the relationship between smartphones and the human brain still remains elusive. But not anymore! In an age where smartphones are the go-to devices for nearly everyone out there, it’s increasingly becoming known that these devices have their own negative impacts. One commonly talked about impact is the loss of touch with the real world, with many young people always staring at their phones, even when in the public.

What about the long-term effects of this addiction?

In a bid to bring forth more details about the long-term impacts of smartphone addiction, researchers have discovered that there is an imbalance in the human brain of people addicted to phones. With more people expected to join the burgeoning smartphone world, it’s important that everyone knows the negative side of these devices. As it is, smartphone addiction is one of the causes of insomnia, anxiety, drowsiness and depression. You can read more on the research here.

Super Mario 64 Neuroscience

#2 Video games and old age

Video games have been here for years but usually they are considered as things meant for the young. On the contrary, researchers say it might just be time that older adults also started playing video games if they want to prevent mild cognitive impairment.

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Montreal, who discovered that adults aged between 55 and 75 can prevent mild cognitive impairment or even Alzheimer’s disease by playing 3D video games such as the classic Nintendo game’s Super Mario 64. If you have been overlooking those classic 3D games of logic and puzzles, you might want to think twice. More on the research can be found here.

CioBioSys project tiny robots Neuroscience

#3 Insect robot helpers

We’ve recently seen occurrences of devastating natural disasters and in some cases, it gets quite overwhelming when it comes to searching and rescuing survivors affected by these tragic events. Usually, the environment is inaccessible for the search and rescue teams, resulting in loss of lives that would have otherwise been saved.

Well, to help prevent such occurrences, researchers tied to the EU-funded CioBioSys project have come up with a way of training tiny robots on how to work with insects in a bid to leverage the ability of these insects to detect and squeeze into small spaces. This could prove helpful in search and rescue missions as these robots can enter areas that humans cannot enter, thus digging out the necessary info, including locating any survivors. Check out more on these tiny robots here.

Neuralink Elon Musk Neuroscience

#4 Neuralink

At the center of the future of technology is artificial intelligence or simply AI. Nearly every upcoming gadget is wanting in on AI and Neuralink is no different. With Neuralink, Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla and SpaceX, is on course to merge the human brain with AI by coming up with gadgets that can be implanted in the human brain. The result of this is that the brain will be able to merge with software and in the process keep up with the fast-changing AI space. With these enhancements, humans will have improved memory or even allow for direct interfacing with other devices.

So, if you ever felt like things are moving pretty fast in the technological space, Elon Musk might have the right solution for you. Read more on Neuralink here.

University of Montreal and the Ludmer Center for Neuro Informatics Neuroscience

#5 Detecting concussions

Still on AI, lawyers with concussion lawsuits in courts may have something better to work with. There is a new tool that uses AI to detect any brain trauma, even after it occurred years ago. Usually, short term impacts of concussion are known to be severe, but this doesn’t make long term effects any better. One problem, though, is that it’s usually hard to tell whether these long term effects are as a result of past concussions, but with this new diagnostic signature tool made by a research team from The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, The University of Montreal and the Ludmer Center for Neuro Informatics, things might just have gotten much better. More on this research can be found here.

Will we see something even better just before the year ends? It won’t be long before we find out.

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