Re: NANO: Jacking in without a jack (fwd)

Anders Sandberg (
17 Aug 1999 15:31:36 +0200

I would suggest placing a nanotech mesh that can be opened and closed in the synaptic cleft; during normal operation the mesh is open and neurotransmittors can get past normally. During VR, the mesh closes and deploys both fake receptors to suck up released neurotransmittors
(in order to avoid build-ups causing downregulation in the presynaptic
cell) and activating synthetic ion channels in the postsynaptic cell to transmit simulated inputs. This would nicely work for I/O. Problems that need to be solved is both getting signals to it (guess all the answers are in Nanomedicine :-), how to anchor it in place given that cells move around quite a bit, and how to not interfere with local metabolism.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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