“Imagine if we could use Optogenetics to get the input from an artificial sensor into our brain, in principle we could not only restore function, we could enhance our current functions. We could give ourselves ultraviolet light detectors, for example, the way Mantis Shrimp has, or we could take an example from fruit flies, and give ourselves carbon dioxide detectors – and then we could automatically sense our air quality.”

In this World Economic Forum video, I-han Chou, Senior Strategy Editor at Nature, Nature Publishing Group, explains how Optogenetics could be used to enhance brain function as we know it and possibly change our sense of self.

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