Yogi Berra famously said: “It is hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” But here at tDCS.com we can help but imagine what transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) will be in 2021. So, here are tDCS.com’s 3 big predictions for tDCS in 2021
1) Which tDCS uses will see the most advancement in 2021? In the medical space we think that cognition is where tDCS will hits its stride in 2021. This spans cognitive decline in health adults where big trials like the ACT should wrap up, to tDCS for diseases like MS where cognition is a big deal, to cognition enhancement in healthy individuals, to NeuroCOVID where people loose cognitive ability even after recovering. Bottom line: tDCS will change cognition in 2021.
2) What advances will see in tDCS devices in 2021? We’ve been at 2 mA for a long time , but we’re seeing all the signs of higher currents becoming available. This spans consumer to research devices. Careful, as these higher currents requires using the best possible devices and accessories. But 2021 will be the year tDCS really breaks the 2 mA barrier.
3) More players: We’re seeing Silicon Valley get more and more interested in brain tech. From Elon Musk to Facebook, big tech wants to get access to your brain. Well the biggest brain boosting technology is tDCS, so it is only a matter of time (assuming they have not already) that brain stimulation technology will become the business of the Apple’s and Google’s of the world.
Bonus prediction #4: The use of tDCS in sport and education will come to a head. tDCS is already used to give people an edge, the ethics of this have been debated but most in a hypothetical sense or in a sense of researchers trying to keep the tools to themselves. In 2021 as tDCS becomes more mainstream these debates will become more intense.