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The Voices of DAC—A chip in your brain?

Posted by Hannah Conrad on June 22nd, 2011

Guest: Jan Rabaey, Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professor, UC Berkeley

Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys and Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys

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Sitting on the couch for one of the most exciting shows on Conversation Central, UC Berkeley Professor Jan Rabaey talked about a fascinating technology that he is developing that will change health, medicine and technology in a major way. Yes, per the title, the technology discussed was putting microchips in people’s brains. With the model brain that Karen brought, Jan shows us where the chips would be placed and explains in detail how it will work. Only being tested on animals currently, this use of a microchip is hoped to help in various brain degeneration problems, which could potentially include ALS disease and epilepsy.

Jan shared a number of images on his iPad and a couple of chips that were hard to see on the video, so we’ve included them for you below (in order of appearance below the video).

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