Kernel – The Company that Wants to Hack the Brain
Kernel is a neuroscience startup and its CEO and main sponsor, Bryan Johnson, doesn’t ask if we should have chips inside out brains, but when will we. Johnson founded Kernel last year with $100 million of his own money to understand the brain and find ways to improve it.
Bryan Johnson’s Kernel wants to make us Smarter
Kernel focuses mainly on medical applications in order to gain a better understanding of the complex and diverse ways the human brain can fail. But, eventually, Johnson would like the company to work towards the technological augmentation of the brain to make us healthier and smarter. It could also open the way to allow the brain to interface directly with computers.
The company’s main goal is to enable humans to evolve alongside machines, and maybe becoming a bit more digital in the process. Kernel wants to fight neurodegenerative diseases and improve cognitive abilities.
Johnson admits there are plenty of difficulties Kernel must reckon with before even begin working on the development of these types of technologies, mostly the idea of only working with patients who have serious neurological conditions. Kernel intends to develop less invasive ways to work with human brains.
“Human life expectancy has doubled in the last century. Innovations in science and technology have given us fighting chances against diseases and even death. Now, we have the opportunity to focus on vibrant and healthy lives. At Kernel, we believe that starts with the most powerful tool of intelligence we have: the human brain.”
The company is currently developing its own software and hardware to ease the terrible effects of neurological and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and epilepsy.
Johnson and Kernel have huge ambitions beyond medical treatments. The company wants to make the process of receiving brain implants much less invasive than it is today in order to safely improve human cognitive capabilities.
Johnson visualizes a world where human brains are smarter, faster, and more creative than they are today. In this world, humans, just like machines, would improve every day.