posted on Feb, 18 2007 @ 09:44 AM
Um, it's got a long way to go, doesn't it?
You're talking a whopper 8x8 resolution, in lovely phosphine green? Nope, don't see it for about, say, 200 more generations.
The other issue is that the human eye as an optical system really ain't all that great. It's just amazing you can grow a pretty good camera out of
meat, but if you had the neural interface trick down to where you could actually get it to work WELL over a long period of time, I'd give that about
150 years, then you might want to think about replacing the entire eye to get some decent optics. Something like a Tleilaxu eye.
Of course, the bad part is that how the eye encodes the output to the visual centers isn't all that well understood, and probably isn't exactly the
same from one person to the next. Obviously, with the nerves not being able to send transmissions faster than the low audio frequencies, there's a
lot of compression and encoding going on, along with a really really wide output. If you wanted to drive the optic nerve directly, you'd have to have
a little supercomputer with over a million outputs per eye.