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Poll: One-Third Enthusiastic About Brain Computer Chip

A new poll released on July 26 found that 34 percent of Americans are enthusiastic about having a computer chip implanted in their healthy brains in order to improve their concentration.

The Pew Research Center's survey said that 9 percent were in the "very" enthusiastic group, while 24 percent were in the "somewhat" enthusiastic group.

In contrast, 28 percent were "very" worried about being chipped, and 41 percent were "somewhat" concerned.

Sixty-four percent were in the "not too" or "not at all" enthusiastic categories.

Sixty-six percent don't want brain chip implants for themselves, but 32 percent support this computer technology implanted in their noggins.

When it comes to not wanting the computer chip in one's brain, 79 percent of white evangelical Protestants fall on that side, followed by 70 percent of white Catholics, and 69 percent of black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, and white mainline Protestants.

However, 58 percent of atheists and 48 percent of agnostics would have a computer chip implanted in their brains.

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that a brain chip is no different from other ways of medical improvement, while 51 percent believe this technology is interfering with nature.

The New York Times reported in April that Ian Burkhart, a quadriplegic for five years, was able to control his right hand with a chip in his brain that transmits motor commands past his spine and to the muscles in his hand.

The computer chip, which was placed in his brain two years ago, connects to a computer and then to an arm sleeve.

With practice, Burkhart was able to learn how to pour liquid out of a bottle with his hand and stir with a straw. In addition to those tasks, the 24-year-old college business student has played a guitar-based video game.

"It’s crazy because I had lost sensation in my hands, and I had to watch my hand to know whether I was squeezing or extending the fingers," Burkhart told the newspaper.

Sources: Pew Research Center, The New York Times / Photo credit: National Institute for Aging via Wikimedia Commons

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