Last month, Russian researcher Michael Raduga claimed to have implanted a chip into his brain through self-neurosurgery at his home in Kazakhstan, with the hope of controlling his dreams. The procedure took an extensive 10 hours to complete.
Man Claims To Have Implanted Chip Into His Brain Which He Hopes Can Control His Dreams
A man claims to have had a chip inserted into his brain with the intention of controlling his dreams in the future.
During his 10-hour DIY neurosurgery, which he carried out at home last month, Russian Michael Raduga lost "a lot of blood."
Raduga admitted to the Daily Mail that despite choosing to operate on his own brain, he has any neurosurgical training and that he held some of his skin back with paper clips while drilling into his skull with a drill he found at a hardware shop in order to implant the electrode.
He explained the process as follows: “During the first 30 minutes I was ready to give up many times because first of all, I lost a lot of blood - approximately a liter of blood. And I was afraid I could just lose consciousness."
You might be wondering why someone would subject oneself to such a terrible process, but Raduga told the Daily Mail that he was pleased to serve as a test subject since he thinks the procedure could one day be incredibly beneficial and allow individuals to enter lucid dreams at will.
He told the publication: “I am glad I survived but I was ready to die.”
“For many people, it will be some sort of entertainment. Now, imagine a paralyzed person who cannot experience anything in this life and now we find a way to help him to get into a lucid dream where everything is possible. Have sex, eat something, do something interesting.”
Raduga removed the chip five weeks after it was implanted, but there are worries that the surgery may have already put him in danger of long-term harm.
Of course, you shouldn't try this at home, but if you needed a second opinion, consultant neurosurgeon Alex Green of the University of Oxford told the outlet that it was "extremely dangerous to do."
“Neurosurgery should only be practiced by experienced and qualified neurosurgeons. All sorts of complications could have happened,” he said.
“For example, if he had caused bleeding from a cortical vein or an intracerebral vessel he could have had a stroke with permanent deficit or death.”
In addition to the numerous and obvious risks associated with Raduga's procedure, he continued, we are "probably decades away" from being able to manipulate dreams with a gadget or implant.
It is crucial to understand that Raduga's self-surgery was an outlier act, and it should not be viewed as an endorsement or encouragement for similar pursuits. The medical community remains adamant that complex neurosurgical procedures must be left to professionals who have undergone rigorous training and possess the necessary expertise.
The concept of manipulating dreams through technological means is undeniably alluring, but experts suggest that realizing such capabilities is still a distant goal. Technology's potential to interface with the human brain raises profound ethical and safety considerations, demanding careful and meticulous research to ensure the well-being of individuals involved.
His self-surgery, lasting 10 hours and involving significant blood loss, has sparked fascination and concern within the scientific community. While Raduga's altruistic motives are aimed at advancing dream control technology, experts warn against the dangers of untrained individuals attempting complex medical procedures.
The story of Raduga serves as a cautionary reminder of the importance of entrusting such delicate matters to qualified medical professionals. As we look to the future, it is essential to tread carefully, ensuring that innovative technologies are developed with utmost caution and respect for the intricacies of the human brain.