The cult of “science” has a fetish for trying to amalgamate humanity with machine. And its latest endeavor in this pursuit has taken the form of an emerging brain implant technology that would render humans part flesh, part computer. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), have come up with a concept they’ve dubbed “neural dust” that they say can be implanted into people’s brains for data collection purposes. And the technology is reportedly so small that humans wouldn’t even know it was inside their heads.

Using a special wire apparatus, the neural dust can be “dipped” into a person’s cerebral cortex, report scientists, where it would remain embedded indefinitely. And since it’s powered by special piezoelectric materials, this dust wouldn’t require a recharge, which means once it’s there, it’s there for good. According to reports, this neural dust contains a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) that allows it to monitor and track a person’s brain activity. After gathering this data, the dust then transmits it to a special transmitter installed on a person’s scalp. MORE