The development and growth of neuroprosthetics is necessary in order to expand in all fields of science and technology. A multitude of subjects come together in order to create neuroprosthetics including engineering, neuroscience, and biology. This means that learning more about this topic and creating more advanced technology would lead into a growth in technology all around. Neuroprosthetics is a complicated technology that in the long run will help many people.
Being able to develop neuroprosthetics into a completely advanced technology will aid many people who are in need of the prosthetic. Most neuroprosthetics that are being studied at the moment are arms and hands. There are still many imperfections of this technology (because it does not yet have many of the functions that a working arm and hand have). It is a common hope that one day this technology will include ways to sense different temperatures or weights. Currently, people who are testing out neuroprosthetics have a difficulty with how hard they should grasp an object because they cannot tell how much it weighs or how hard they are already holding onto it. How hard to grasp an object is not something most people think about when they pick something up, it comes naturally to them. Grasping something with neuroprosthetics always holds the risk of holding something too tight and breaking it or not holding it hard enough and allowing it to fall. Also, there are currently studies being done in order to quicken the reflexes of people (so they can grab and let go quickly, for example). As this technology improves, it will greatly improve the lives of the people who need it.
If advances are done in neuroprosthetic research, this can cause a growth in research and understanding in other fields of study towards other types of technology. For example, if messages can be sent from the brain to a neuron to an electrode to the neuroprosthetic, brain messages can possibly be sent to the outside world in other ways. People are able to use their minds and concentration to move objects that are not near them and even multiple states away from them. This means that a person doesn’t have to be directly connected to something in order to move it, which is already an advance in technology in the right direction.
Also, even though as of right now, mind reading is impossible, the science community may be getting closer to being able to do so. There are people in the world with conditions in which they are unable to easily communicate their thoughts to others. Even though it is something that may come very far into the future, a way to send the thought signal through neurons may allow a new way of communication at some point in time. All technology is interconnected in one way or another. If it wasn’t for someone discovering how messages are sent throughout the body with neurons and neurotransmitters, neuroprosthetics would have never been created, and if neuroprosthetics weren’t created, they wouldn’t open the door for so many more topics to be researched and discovered.