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MIT Creates Glucose Fuel Cell To Power Implanted Brain-Computer Interfaces

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the feeding-the-machine dept.

Biotech 95

MrSeb writes "Neuroengineers at MIT have created an implantable fuel cell that generates electricity from the glucose present in the cerebrospinal fluid that flows around your brain and spinal cord. The glucose-powered fuel cell is crafted out of silicon and platinum, using standard semiconductor fabrication processes. The platinum acts as a catalyst, stripping electrons from glucose molecules, similar to how aerobic animal cells (such as our own) strip electrons from glucose with enzymes and oxygen. The glucose fuel cell produces hundreds of microwatts (i.e. tenths of a milliwatt), which is a surprisingly large amount — it comparable to the solar cell on a calculator, for example. This should be more than enough power to drive complex computers — or perhaps more interestingly, trigger clusters of neurons in the brain. In theory, this glucose fuel cell will actually deprive your brain of some energy, though in practice you probably won't notice (or you might find yourself growing hungry sooner)."

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Obligatory "Matrix" reference... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40315873)

While this has nothing to do with powering external machines, I still thought of "The Matrix" when reading this story...

Re:Obligatory "Matrix" reference... (-1, Offtopic)

RapeIsAlwaysOkay (2661517) | more than 2 years ago | (#40315911)

About eight months ago, I was searching around the internet to find out why my computer was running so slowly (it normally ran quite fast, but had gradually gotten slower over time). After a few minutes, I found a piece of software claiming that it could speed up my PC and make it run like new again. Being that I was dangerously ignorant about technology in general (even more so than I am now), I downloaded the software and began the installation. Mere moments after doing so, my desktop background image was changed and warnings that appeared to originate from Windows appeared all over the screen telling me to buy strange software from an unknown company in order to remove a virus it claimed I had.

I may have been ignorant about technology, but I wasn't that naive. I immediately concluded that the software I'd downloaded was, in fact, a virus. In my rage, I broke numerous objects, punched a hole in the wall, and cursed the world at the top of my lungs. I eventually calmed down, cleared my head, and realized that the only remedy for this problem was a carefully thought out plan. After a few moments of pondering about how to handle this situation, I decided that since I barely knew how to properly handle a computer, I should turn it over to the professionals and let them fix the issue.

Soon after making the decision, I drove to a local computer repair shop and entered the building with my computer in hand. They greeted me with a smile and stayed attentive the entire time that I was explaining the problem to them. They laughed as if they'd heard it all before, told me that I'm not the only one who has trouble operating computers, and then gave me a date for when the computer would be fixed. Not only had they told me that the computer would be completely repaired in at most two days, but the price for their services was surprisingly low, and to top it all off, they even gave me advice for how to avoid viruses in the future! I left the building feeling confident in my decision to seek professional help and satisfied knowing that such kind-hearted people were the ones doing the job.

The very next day, I received a phone call from the computer repair shop whilst I was at a local library researching computer viruses. I had stumbled upon a piece of software that appeared to be very promising, and I was about to do more research on it, but seeing as how I required my computer as soon as possible, I decided to put the matter on hold. Upon answering the phone and cheerfully greeting the person on the other end, I was greeted with a high-pitched shriek. Startled, I asked what was wrong. A few moments passed where nothing was said, and suddenly, the person on the other end said to me, in a low voice oozing with paranoia, "Come pick up your computer." They hung up immediately after saying that, and I couldn't help but notice that they sounded as if they were on the verge of tears. I briefly wondered if it was due to stress from work, and then drove to the computer repair shop to acquire my computer.

I was positively dismayed upon entering the building. The inside of the computer repair shop looked nothing like the image from my memories. There were broken computer parts scattered throughout the room, ceiling tiles all over the floor, blood splattered in every direction I looked, and even a human toe on the ground. After processing this disturbing information, I began panicking and frantically looking around for my computer. I spotted an employee covered in blood sitting up against the wall, and noticed that his wrists had been slashed open. Thinking quickly, I ran up to him, grabbed him by the collar of his shirt, shook him around, and began screaming, "Where is it!? Where is my computer!?" After a moment of silence, he passed away, completely shattering my expectations. Such a thing! "What a meaningless individual," I thought.

Enraged, I tore the building up even further than it already had been in my desperate search for my computer. Eventually I discovered a door leading to an area that was normally only accessible to employees. I entered without hesitation and was met with a long, skinny hallway that a single person would have trouble moving about freely in. I proceeded down the dark hallway and bumped into the body of an employee hanging from a rope tied to something on the ceiling. I screamed, "Not only do you people have the gall to allow my computer to be endangered, but even in death you intend to block my path!?" After finally managing to push aside the worthless obstacle, I traveled down the hallway and came to a small black door. I entered without a moment's notice, and in the middle of the dark and dreary room, I spotted my computer; it was completely unharmed. With a sigh of relief, I picked it up, left the building, and drove home as if nothing of importance had occurred there.

Upon returning home and hooking up the computer (whilst wearing a cheerful expression the entire time), I, to my horror, discovered that the computer hadn't been repaired. There was nothing in the world that could have contained my fiery anger at that point. I broke almost every single one of my possessions, smashed all the windows on my house, physically abused my family, and then drove back to the computer repair shop to defile the dead lumps of meat that had failed to carry out the task I had given them. After realizing that I shouldn't be meaninglessly wasting my time with such worthless pieces of trash, I remembered the piece of software that I'd discovered earlier. With renewed confidence, I blissfully visited the local library, downloaded the software, and took it home to install on my computer.

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Re:Obligatory "Matrix" reference... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40315957)

More MyCleanPC bullshit spam again

Re:Obligatory "Matrix" reference... (1)

cristiroma (606375) | more than 2 years ago | (#40319909)

I find out this spam to be fascinating ... I can only suspect that since CowboyNeal left the joint either:
a) the system run itself and the dirty devil forgot to implement a self-learning mechanism.
or
b) He the code in such a spaghetti state that it's impossible for anyone else to modify.
Eitherway, I think he is to blame :)

There should be a -1 SPAM mod (4, Insightful)

JOrgePeixoto (853808) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316623)

Please go spam somewhere else.
We will not buy your product because of spam.

There should be a -1 SPAM mod, which would take TWO points out of Karma.

Re:There should be a -1 SPAM mod (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316889)

There should be a -1 SPAM mod, which would take TWO points out of Karma.

Then it would simply become the next "-1, I disagree with this but can't refute it". And it wouldn't even slow down the spammers, as they don't give a damn about their karma.

Re:There should be a -1 SPAM mod (1)

cribera (2560179) | more than 2 years ago | (#40318239)

There should be a -1 SPAM mod, which would take TWO points out of Karma.

Then it would simply become the next "-1, I disagree with this but can't refute it". And it wouldn't even slow down the spammers, as they don't give a damn about their karma.

Couldn't 'false spam' report send you to some kind of black list for becoming a moderator (apart from a -5 in your karma)?

Another moderators could review (if they wish to do it in their spare time) the spam mods, if they find a false spam mod, they could report it, so the moderator issuing the false spam could be punished. Isn't this viable?

Re:There should be a -1 SPAM mod (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#40318939)

There is the flag as inappropriate button...

Re:There should be a -1 SPAM mod (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 2 years ago | (#40319073)

Of course we won't buy them because of spam - but that's not the point. It's all about improving search engine results...

Re:There should be a -1 SPAM mod (1)

CubicleView (910143) | more than 2 years ago | (#40320141)

I would have to assume that by the length of the spam post and how annoying it was even to skim over that it can only serve one of two purposes.
1. some sort of google rank gaming
2. To evoke a negative feeling towards MyCleanPC

Re:There should be a -1 SPAM mod (1)

hvm2hvm (1208954) | more than 2 years ago | (#40320427)

Slashdot could just create simple Antivirus like signatures. When you try to post a comment that matches a signature, block it, ban the user and/or the IP.

Re:Obligatory "Matrix" reference... (1)

siddesu (698447) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316473)

Before the Matrix takes over, we'll have a brief but interesting age looking somewhat like the Plague of the Pythons, as each country fits their own brain control implant.

Obligatory xkcd reference... (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317593)

Not yet there [xkcd.com] , but close enough of an actual use of that implanted USB port.

<grin>As for the Matrix, I wouldn't worry that much of the implant itself if releases under AGPL v3</grin>

Does it work with Diabetes (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40315881)

Could this lower your blood sugar?

Re:Does it work with Diabetes (-1, Offtopic)

RapeIsGoodForTheSoul (2661519) | more than 2 years ago | (#40315931)

Around a year ago, I was mindlessly surfing the internet (as I often do) when I came across an enigmatic web page. The page, which looked like a warning from my web browser, informed me that I had a virus installed on my computer and that to fix it, I should install a strange anti-virus program that I'd never heard of (which I found peculiar considering the fact that I already had anti-virus software installed on my computer). Despite having reservations about installing it, I did so anyway (since it appeared to be a legitimate warning).

I cannot even fathom what I was thinking at that time. Soon after attempting to install the so-called anti-virus software, my desktop background image changed into a large red warning sign, warnings about malware began making appearances all over the screen, and a strange program I'd never seen before began nagging me to buy a program to remove the viruses. What should have been obvious previously then became clear to me: that software was a virus. Frustrated by my own stupidity, I began tossing objects around the room and cursing at no one in particular.

After I calmed down, I reluctantly took my computer to a local PC repair shop and steeled myself for the incoming fee. When I entered, I noticed that there were four men working there, and all of them seemed incredibly nice (the shop itself was clean and stylish, too). After I described the situation to them, they gave me a big smile (as if they'd seen and heard it all before), accepted the job, and told me that the computer would be working like new again in a few days. At the time, I was confident that their words held a great degree of truth to them.

The very next day, while I was using a local library's computer and browsing the internet, I came across a website dedicated to a certain piece of software. It claimed that it could fix up my PC and make it run like new again. I knew, right then, merely from viewing a single page on the website, that it was telling the truth. I cursed myself for not discovering this excellent piece of software before I had taken my PC to the PC repair shop. "It would've saved me money. Oh, well. I'm sure they'll get the job done just fine. I can always use this software in the future to conserve money." Those were my honest thoughts at the time.

Two days later, my phone rang after I returned home from work. I immediately was able to identify the number: it was the PC repair shop's phone number. Once I answered, something strange occurred; the one on the other end of the line spoke, in a small, tormented voice, "Return. Return. Return. Return. Return." No matter what I said to him, he would not stop repeating that one word. Unsettled by this odd occurrence, I traveled to the PC repair shop to find out exactly what happened.

Upon arriving inside the building, I looked upon the shop, which was a shadow of its former self, in shock. There were countless wires all over the floor, smashed computer parts scattered in every direction I looked, fallen shelves on the ground, desks flipped over on the ground, and, to make matters even worse, there was blood splattered all over the wall. Being the reasonable, upstanding, college-educated citizen that I was, I immediately concluded that the current state of the shop was due to none other than an employee's stress from work. I looked around a bit more, spotted three bodies sitting against the wall, and in the middle of the room, I spotted my computer. "Ah. There it is." Directly next to it was the shop's owner, sitting on the ground in the fetal position.

When I questioned him, he kept repeating a single thing again and again: "Cannot be stopped! Cannot be stopped! Cannot be stopped!" I could not get him to tell me what was wrong, but after a bit of pondering, I quickly figured out precisely what happened: they were unable to fix my computer like they had promised. Disgusted by their failure, I turned to the shop's owner (who I now noticed had a gun to his head), and spat in his general direction. I then turned my back to him as if I was attempting to say that nothing behind me was worth my attention, and said to him, "Pathetic. Absolutely, positively pathetic. I asked you to do a single thing for me, and yet you failed even at that. Were I you, I'd be disgusted by myself, and I'd probably even take my own life. Such a worthless existence isn't even worthy of receiving my gaze!"

After saying that, I left the shop with my computer as if absolutely nothing had occurred there. And, indeed, there was nothing in that shop that was worthy of my attention. Still understandably disgusted by their inability to fulfill the promise, I said to myself, "I'll have to take this into my own hands." After getting into my car to drive home, I heard a gun shot from inside the repair shop. Being that it originated from the worthless owner of that shop, I promptly decided to ignore it.

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Re:Does it work with Diabetes (2)

mr.mctibbs (1546773) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316273)

Rape is good for the soul? Really?

I don't know whether to be proud or offended that you think this targets our demographic.

Re:Does it work with Diabetes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40317353)

It read to me as a simple question.

Re:Does it work with Diabetes (2)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316067)

I guess if you're healthy, the normal regulation mechanism will keep the blood sugar level constant. However I wonder what effect it might have on people with diabetes.

Re:Does it work with Diabetes (1)

bughunter (10093) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316153)

Diabetics can have their fuel cells implanted in their bladders.

Re:Does it work with Diabetes (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 2 years ago | (#40318847)

Great. Like they need a built-in turbo-boost mode.

Re:Does it work with Diabetes (2)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316211)

An even better question, how does it respond to low blood sugar? Might need to design in a small capacitor or other storage mechanism, otherwise, it might crash when you blood glucose level does.

Re:Does it work with Diabetes (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 2 years ago | (#40318417)

Related: could it burn excess calories for you?

Weaknesses: zero (-1, Offtopic)

NoWeaknessDoIHave (2661515) | more than 2 years ago | (#40315883)

Nearly four months ago, I noticed that my internet connection was very sluggish. Eventually getting fed up with it, I began to seek out software that would speed up the gigabits in my router. After an hour of searching, I found what at first appeared to be a very promising piece of software. Not only did it claim it would speed up my internet connection, but that it would overclock my power supply, speed up my gigabits, and remove any viruses from my computer! "This is a fantastic opportunity that I simply can't pass up," I thought. I immediately downloaded the software and began the installation, all the while laughing like a small child. I was highly anticipating a future where the speed of my internet connection would leave everyone else's in the dust.

I was horribly, horribly naive. Immediately upon the completion of the software's installation, various messages popped up on my screen about how I needed to buy software to remove a virus that I wasn't aware I had from a software company I'd never once heard of. The strange software also blocked me from doing anything except buying the software it was advertising. Being that I was a computer whiz (I had taken a computer essentials class in high school that taught me how to use Microsoft Office, and was quite adept at accessing my Facebook account), I was immediately able to conclude that the software I'd downloaded was, in fact, a virus, and that it was slowing down my gigabits at an exponential rate. "I can't let this insanity proceed any further," I thought.

As I was often called a computer genius, I was confident at the time that I could get rid of the virus with my own two hands. I tried numerous things: restarting the computer, pressing random keys on the keyboard, throwing the mouse across the room, and even flipping an orange switch on the back of the tower and turning the computer back on. My efforts were all in vain; the virus persisted, and my gigabits were running slower than ever! "This cannot be! What is this!? I've never once seen such a vicious virus in my entire life!" I was dumbfounded that I, a computer genius, was unable to remove the virus using the methods I described. Upon coming to terms with my failure, I decided to take my computer to a PC repair shop for repair.

I drove to a nearby computer repair shop and entered the building with my computer in hand. The inside of the building was quite large, neat, and organized, and the employees all seemed very kind and knowledgeable. They laughed upon hearing my embarrassing story, and told me that they saw this kind of thing on a daily basis. They then accepted the job, and told me that in the worst case, it'd be fixed in three days from now. I left with a smile, and felt confident in my decision to leave the computer repairs to the experts.

A week later, they still hadn't called back. Visibly angry, I tried calling them countless times, but not a single time did they answer the phone. Their negligence and irresponsibility infuriated me, and sent me into a state of insanity that caused me to punch a gigantic hole in the wall. Being that I would require my computer for work soon, I decided to head over to the computer repair shop to find out exactly what the problem was.

Upon entering the building, I was shocked by the state of its interior; it looked as if a tornado had tore through the entire building! Countless broken computers were scattered all about the floor, desks were flipped over, the walls had holes in them, there was a puddle of blood on the floor, and worst of all, I saw that my computer was sitting in the middle of the room laying on its side! Absolutely unforgivable! I soon noticed one of the employees sitting behind one of the tipped over desks (the one that had previously had the cash register on top of it); he was shaking uncontrollably and sobbing. Despite being furious about my computer being tipped over, seeing him in that state still managed to make me less unforgiving. I decided to ask him what happened.

A few moments passed where the entire room was silent and nothing was said. Eventually, he pointed at my computer and said to me, "The virus... it cannot be stopped! Cannot be stopped! Cannot be stopped!" Realizing that he was trying to tell me that they were unable to repair my computer (the task I'd given them), I flew into a blind fury and beat him senseless. Not caring about what would happen to him any longer, I collected my computer, ignored the bodies of the two other employees that had committed suicide, and left the building. After a few moments of pondering about what to do and clearing my head, I theorized that their failure to repair my computer probably simply meant that they were unqualified to do the job, and decided to take my computer to another computer repair shop.

I repeated that same process about four times before finally giving up. Each time I took it to a PC repair shop, the result was the same: all the employees either went completely insane, or they committed suicide. Not a single person was able to even do so much as damage the virus. I was able to talk some sense into one of the employees that had gone mad and got them to tell me how they were attempting to fix the problem. They told me that they tried everything from reinstalling the operating system to installing another operating system and trying to get rid of the virus on the other one, but absolutely all of it was to no avail. Having seen numerous attempts by professionals to remove the virus end in failure, I managed to delude myself into believing that my first failure was simply a fluke and that I was the only one on the planet qualified to fix the computer. With renewed vigor, I once again took up the frighteningly dangerous task of defeating the evil, nightmarish virus once and for all with my own two hands.

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Re:Weaknesses: zero (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40315947)

Wow. Really? This jackass needs to be stopped.

Re:Weaknesses: zero (2)

Cosgrach (1737088) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316037)

I can not believe that there is no one here on /. who could not figure out who this spamming moron is and send Guido over to his house to break his legs.

Re:Weaknesses: zero (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316081)

Why doesn't someone simply use a GUI interface made in visual basic to track an ip address?

Re:Weaknesses: zero (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316445)

Why doesn't someone simply use a GUI interface made in visual basic to track an ip address?

Cyber Police here, we are back tracings his IP now... The consequences will never be the same...

Re:Weaknesses: zero (2)

ultranova (717540) | more than 2 years ago | (#40318173)

This jackass needs to be stopped.

Well... no. I didn't see his post, and didn't even notice it existed before seeing yours. So Slashdot moderation system is already doing a decent enough job of getting rid of his crap, without any need to "stop" him.

Re:Weaknesses: zero (5, Funny)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40315999)

>>>Not only did it claim it would speed up my internet connection, but that it would overclock my power supply, speed up my gigabits, and remove any viruses from my computer! "

MyCleanPC can't fix stupid.

Re:Weaknesses: zero (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 2 years ago | (#40331781)

In actuality this will fuck up the SEO from this scam artist who wrote MYCleanPC.com [2girls1cup.nl] and counters his slimy spamming advertising MyCleanPC [2girls1cup.nl] .

If everyone here on slashdot points to other disgusting sites for MyCleanPC [2girls1cup.nl] , then people searching for malware virus removal with MyCleanPC [2girls1cup.nl] will have an awful surprise! :-)

We should use these in cars (2)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40315887)

Just fill-up you tank with some corn syrup (glucose) and go. When the fluid is depleted of energy, dump it into a sewer and then get some fresh corn syrup.

Re:We should use these in cars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316011)

converting it into booze is more energy effecient. converting it to diesel is even more energy effecient.

more like fill yourself up with corn syrup, and start calculating Pi on your IBrain.

Re:We should use these in cars (2)

Dr.Dubious DDQ (11968) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316791)

Converting it to butanol allows it to be dumped as-is into ordinary gasoline-burning engines, which would be a bonus.

Re:We should use these in cars (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316813)

It would be more efficient to fill you up with corn syrup and then burn your fat ass.

Gives new meaning (2)

ISoldat53 (977164) | more than 2 years ago | (#40315985)

Gives new meaning to "a sugar high."

Unanswered Questions (5, Interesting)

bughunter (10093) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316025)

TFA leaves some important questions unanswered.

What is the byproduct/waste product of the glucose after it's been harvested of its electrons? What are the effects of these byproducts in the CSF?

If there is significant glucose in the CSF as TFA states, why is it there? What effects could its depletion cause? How fast is it replenished? Is this fast enough to provide adequate continuous power for a [cochlear implant|pacemaker|mathcoprocessor|frikkin'laser]?

I'm not opposed to cybernetic implants powered by the beer and pizza I already consume, but I sure want to know that the researchers and engineers did their homework first.

Re:Unanswered Questions (2, Insightful)

mpeskett (1221084) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316249)

I'm not opposed to cybernetic implants powered by the beer and pizza I already consume, but I sure want to know that the researchers and engineers did their homework first.

Nah, sounds more likely that the people who have spent however much of their lives on enough study/research to build this thing, all just failed to consider the simple potential problem you came up with in under 15 minutes. That sounds plausible, have a cookie.

Re:Unanswered Questions (2)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316903)

He's not saying they don't have an answer, he's saying he wants to know it. Unless you can contribute to that end, keep your pointless snide remarks to yourself.

Re:Unanswered Questions (5, Funny)

bughunter (10093) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317207)

It's OK. I'll take the cookie anyway.

I'm gonna need it to power my cybernetics.

Re:Unanswered Questions (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#40322553)

My cybernetic implant is already powered by glucose. It's an artificial lens on struts that was implanted in my left eye to replace the natural lens, and the muscles that focused the natural lens (before I got middle aged) focus the implant (I'm 60 and need no corrective lenses, not even reading glasses). Since muscles are powered by food, part of what powers the lens is glucose.

It seems like they could design any number of electronic implants to be powered by the body's natural movement. Maybe a pacemaker powered by the heartbeat? A cochlear implant powered by chewing? They used to have wristwaches that were powered by the movement of the wearer's arms; they called them "self-winding watches". Seems the same principle could be used for electronic implants.

Re:Unanswered Questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316923)

Ooooh, let's be snarky and dismissive to anyone who would DARE question a scientist! Ironically, you're essentially telling him to trust the scientists on blind faith.

Re:Unanswered Questions (3, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316359)

Well, there is a little bit of a byproduct. You'd hardly notice, but there's a bit of, well, a teensy, tiny, little bit of psychosis. The depleted glucose mimics a neurotransmitter, but it's in such a small amount that it's basically zero.

It doesn't really matter unless you're putting a LOT of cybernetics in there.

Re:Unanswered Questions (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40317251)

If there is significant glucose in the CSF as TFA states, why is it there?

The glucose level is similar to the blood glucose level, this is because CSF acts as blood for the brain. Glucose passes through the blood-brain barrier easily, so this wouldn't get depleted easily any more than glucose getting depleted from blood does. Only diabetics should have a specific issue with this.

Re:Unanswered Questions (1)

hardburlyboogerman (161244) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317939)

Ask any diabetic.Just keep some candy handy in case your blood glucose drops too low.Works for me.

you might find yourself growing hungry sooner (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316033)

fffffffffffft... really man

Re:you might find yourself growing hungry sooner (2)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316575)

its a conspiracy to make you eat more, driving up food prices.

here comes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316069)

the conspiracy tools evicting science from america are here again, wonder why south america is growing?
they're taking your university-education jobs and paying them royally for it, because for the rest of the world science isn't something we fear...

ho81o (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316101)

Welcome to the matrix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316143)

One step closer...

We are Borg, resistance is futile... (4, Interesting)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316213)

I have seen this coming for a while. Implantable computers, now with internal power supply, Google glasses, thought recognition. The Star trek vision of the Borg, though crude and ugly, may have not been far off the mark. Smart phones may already be making us dumber [psychologytoday.com] . It is scary to think where this will lead.

Re:We are Borg, resistance is futile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40319349)

I have seen this coming for a while.

So has everyone else, for quite some time actually.

Implantable computers, now with internal power supply, Google glasses, thought recognition.

Very useful for people with disabilities, don't you think?

The Star trek vision of the Borg, though crude and ugly, may have not been far off the mark.

And then you just had to climb aboard the crazy conspiracy wagon. Why would cybernetic implants require that everyone become a member of a hive mind? Why would we want that? What would it give us?

The reality is probably going to be something more like Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Smart phones may already be making us dumber [psychologytoday.com] .

Makes people lazy, definitely. Brain function does atrophy from lack of use but what's the point of tech that doesn't make things easier or new things possible?

It is scary to think where this will lead.

Yes, the future is a strange and scary place. Better just stay in the present, cancel all R&D and make do with what we have until the planet becomes uninhabitable from pollution or the sun expands and burns it to a crisp.

Re:We are Borg, resistance is futile... (1)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 2 years ago | (#40323215)

So has everyone else, for quite some time actually.

No, I thought of it first!

Everybody would not be required to do it, but everybody has a smart phone, everybody needs the newest, coolest features. Don't underestimate humans ability to unwittingly follow where the path takes them. With the ability to text or communicate with their mind, talking less and less, how long before speech becomes passe. If everybody can "Google" things with their mind, what is the point in knowing anything.

I love tech, of all kinds, and it will definitely be interesting to see where it goes. That being said, it can be scary also.

Re:We are Borg, resistance is futile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40319983)

I was thinking a little more domestically;

The film depicts a future in which reality as perceived by most humans
is actually a simulated reality created by sentient machines to pacify
and subdue the human population, while their bodies' heat and
electrical activity are used as an energy source.

Ala: The Matrix [wikipedia.org]
   

The unexamined life (1)

mdsolar (1045926) | more than 2 years ago | (#40321211)

My priest mentioned this a couple of weeks ago. My thought was that if the unexamined life is not worth living, then perhaps unconsidered knowledge is not worth knowing. Direct feed data may be a waste of time.

Overclocked for diabetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316269)

As a type 1 diabetic I plan to overclock mine. Since they cant cure my condition I may as well use the extra juice for something.

Re:Overclocked for diabetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316555)

Would that not constitute a cure by turning it into something positive instead?

GITS (1)

vix86 (592763) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316301)

Ghost in the Shell [wikipedia.org] just got a bit closer to being real. Now we just need to advance microbot and nanotechnology.

Re:GITS (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316509)

Ghost in the Shell [wikipedia.org] just got a bit closer to being real.

As did cyberbrain sclerosis...

No thanks (2)

Karmashock (2415832) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316325)

I don't want anything drinking my spinal fluid. My blood... maybe... but my spinal fluid?... nope.

Re:No thanks (1)

niftydude (1745144) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316419)

It's pretty creepy - but I think it is less creepy than the yeast they developed to generate energy from glucose in blood: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16882-yeastpowered-fuel-cell-feeds-on-human-blood.html [newscientist.com]

At least this solution doesn't involve fungus...

Re:No thanks (2)

Karmashock (2415832) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316639)

you find the thing that feeds on spinal fluid less creepy then the stuff that feeds on blood?

have any idea how much we bleed? I cut myself all the time and that isn't including all sorts of other bleeding. We can stand to loose a little blood. But spinal fluid?... I'd just assume not f' with that.

Re:No thanks (1)

Trilkin (2042026) | more than 2 years ago | (#40316945)

Man, you're opening yourself up on with one.

HAHA, I KILL ME.

Re:No thanks (1)

niftydude (1745144) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317079)

you find the thing that feeds on spinal fluid less creepy then the stuff that feeds on blood?

It isn't because I don't like bleeding, or have issues with seeing blood, it's because the stuff that feeds on blood is biological, and so can mutate, and who knows what it will do to you if the mutated yeast becomes particularly virulent and dominant. While the stuff that feeds on spinal fluid is just a pretty simple chemical reaction with a catalyst, and doesn't have the ability to start self-multiplying in your body.

Re:No thanks (1)

Karmashock (2415832) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317471)

oh, yeah... I'm not worried about it mutating. I am worried about a little bit breaking lose into my blood stream, forming a cloat, and then growing like a flesh eating bacteria in my body.

Ideally, I'd want a chemical system and not a biological system that took energy from my body.

Worst case, you could hook something up to the diaphragm. So breathing in/out would generate a tiny amount of power. Ideally not much so the resistance would be minimal.

Re:No thanks (0)

Endovior (2450520) | more than 2 years ago | (#40318061)

you find the thing that feeds on spinal fluid less creepy then the stuff that feeds on blood?

It isn't because I don't like bleeding, or have issues with seeing blood, it's because the stuff that feeds on blood is biological, and so can mutate, and who knows what it will do to you if the mutated yeast becomes particularly virulent and dominant. While the stuff that feeds on spinal fluid is just a pretty simple chemical reaction with a catalyst, and doesn't have the ability to start self-multiplying in your body.

Read before commenting, please. From TFA:

The fuel cell has no biological components: It consists of a platinum catalyst that strips electrons from glucose, mimicking the activity of cellular enzymes that break down glucose to generate ATP, the cell’s energy currency.

Re:No thanks (1)

niftydude (1745144) | more than 2 years ago | (#40319397)

Read before commenting, please. From TFA:

The fuel cell has no biological components: It consists of a platinum catalyst that strips electrons from glucose, mimicking the activity of cellular enzymes that break down glucose to generate ATP, the cell’s energy currency.

Dude, I am aware of that. In fact it is the specific point we are discussing. See my previous comments in this thread. Karmashock and I were discussing the differences between this technology: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16882-yeastpowered-fuel-cell-feeds-on-human-blood.html [newscientist.com] which is yeast and feeds on glucose in human blood, and the technology reported in the TFA which has no biological components and uses a platinum catalyst, but operates in spinal fluid.

Karmashock is of the opinion that he prefers the blood-powered technology, even though it has biological components, because he prefers having foreign bodies in his blood to having stuff in his spinal fluid.

Whereas I am more creeped out by the blood-powered technology because it is biologically based (yeast), and so I prefer having the non-biological system from TFA, even though it operates in your spinal fluid.

People are creeped out by different stuff, so it was interesting to discuss.

Re:No thanks (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#40330573)

Read the whole thread, what he typed didn't disagree with you.

Re:No thanks (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#40319975)

I'd just assume not f' with that.

Oh great, is this the next "I could care less"?

Re:No thanks (1)

Karmashock (2415832) | more than 2 years ago | (#40326895)

Brother... Spinal. Fluid. Do you have any idea how sensitive that is? Blood is one thing... you can have increases and decreases in blood pressure without really having big problems. But spinal fluid is a different kettle of fish. You really don't want to mess with that.

All I was saying was that I would be too afraid to have a machine interact with it unless I had no options. To save my life?... sure what do I have to lose. But short of that, leave it alone.

Re:No thanks (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#40328637)

Weird, I must have said something relevant to your point in alternate universe, rather than just picking on your grammar :)

But anyway, now that I've broken the rules and read the article, it sounds like most uses they plan on putting this to will be for people who have already suffered spinal damage. Those of us who just want to program the TIVO with their minds will just have to wait.

You really don't want to mess with that.

The MIT guys (and it might be safe to assume they have at least one medical degree between them) seem to think differently.

I see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316495)

a new Wilford Brimley remix coming out soon.

I overclocked my implant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40316517)

With diabetus. -Wilferd

Science has one more hurdle (1)

Yosho-sama (800703) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317027)

Doing all these fantastic achievements using lower cost components. Every time I read an article on Slashdot, it's always talking about some amazing achievement with solar cells or batteries using a combination of gold, platinum and unobtainium. Rare earths are going to get MUCH more rare in our lifetimes.

Re:Science has one more hurdle (1)

lennier (44736) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317507)

Rare earths are going to get MUCH more rare in our lifetimes.

No problem, the free market will always find a rational way to subsitute resources. For instance, if freshly mined platinum becomes rare, then the street price of er, 'involuntarily recovered platinum' from slightly used cybernetics will rise to compensate...

As we move away from internal combustion... (1)

CFD339 (795926) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317631)

...for cars, and move further toward electric motors (powered by fuel cell, battery, supercapacitor, or f'ing rubber bands and string) we won't need the huge amounts of platinum used in catalytic converters.

Idiots! (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317037)

Fuck the brain-computer device. Let me put some of these in blood to control glucose for diabetes.

Re:Idiots! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40317257)

it will help allot of people ;)
as science like this does, conspiracy theory idiots MUST DIE!!!

Re:Idiots! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40317639)

You aren't very bright are you? Where do you think the glucose in spinal fluid comes from? It comes from the blood. This should be obvious. I am not aware of the details, but how do you think sugar goes from your stomach to every other part of your body? It must go through the blood. How do you think marijuana smokes gets from your lungs to your brain? It goes through the blood.

Re:Idiots! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40320053)

A device like this might be used along with some small container to store reserve glucose. Only a little power is needed so some of it would be used by the fuel cell for its measuring and regulating job while the rest would replenish the body. A diabetic would only have to refill the thing periodically, like once per day, or a few days.

No more fatties anymore. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40317629)

Why has no one made a battery which runs on body fat? Can you imagine that. THAT would fuel cyber implant uptake no end.

Re:No more fatties anymore. (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | more than 2 years ago | (#40326541)

Mcdonalds would be the new gas station. Oh no my phones dead I need a big Mac.

my first thought (2)

RighteousRaven (998592) | more than 2 years ago | (#40317739)

forget computers, this will make way more money as a weight loss device - dial up your artificial metabolism folks, summer is coming!

Re:my first thought (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40318007)

I am a diabetic and would love this as an application for a sugar control. i suffer from type 2 so I have way to much energy in my blood. imagine this turn this into a capacitive electronic chagrining system. I am my own charger for my iphone, laptop, tablet... that is awesome

Re:my first thought (1)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 2 years ago | (#40322603)

I'm a type 1 and this was the first thing that came to my mind too, i.e., glucose control.

Another thing that occurred to me: I wonder if utilizing the glucose can give an indication of glucose level in the blood? It might be an implantable, reliable, continuous glucose monitoring system as well as a system to burn off excess glucose. This sounds a lot simpler and more reliable than the "artificial pancreas" systems that are currently being developed.

Related story from last year (3, Informative)

nickersonm (1646933) | more than 2 years ago | (#40318261)

This looks quite similar to a European effort reported last year [slashdot.org] that successfully tested glucose fuel cells in rats in 2010. This MIT one can be fabricated in silicon, though, so hopefully has the potential to be cheaper.

Re:Related story from last year (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | more than 2 years ago | (#40320443)

And Silicon has been tested safe as an implant for years.

Re:Related story from last year (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40321241)

So - when can we use this to power a built-in blood sugar monitor w/radio readouts? Hook it up to an insulin pump, and you might make a bunch of diabetes 1 patients happier. :)

Great idea, but... (2)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 2 years ago | (#40318439)

If it doesn't have a high tolerance for alcohol and occasional other recreational medications, I'd be screwed.

big gulp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40318505)

does this mean if i make myself robocop i can get my big gulp back in nyc?

MIT Starts Zombie Apocalypse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40318845)

We're here at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where the first test patients have escaped and started an eating rampage, mistaken for homeless people going through garbage, no one has thought to stop them. They now appear to be attacking people and eating them! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Oh goodie... (1)

redneckmother (1664119) | more than 2 years ago | (#40318963)

Goodie, goodie...

Just what people who have sinovial fluid problems need, something else to deplete nutrients in the spinal column.

Re:Oh goodie... (2)

Issarlk (1429361) | more than 2 years ago | (#40320565)

Yeah, and think of all of the people without brains. These scientists sure are not very bright to research something so useless.

Deus Ex here we come! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40321747)

Sounds just like the biocells from the original Deus Ex! Jack me in and power me up!

I wonder (1)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 2 years ago | (#40321757)

As a diabetic, I could run a whole cluster of a neurocomputers.

Dual benefit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40321795)

In theory, this glucose fuel cell will actually deprive your brain of some energy, though in practice you probably won't notice (or you might find yourself growing hungry sooner)."

Could this be used for weight loss?

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