Rather than asking, "What's taking so long?" - you might consider asking a different sort of question. Maybe something like:\n\nWhere does the human element fit into the "brain-machine" hybrid?\n\nHow much of your brain are you willing to "lift" or "soop-up" before enough becomes too much?\n\nWhat about the mind? What non-physical consequences will this have on your human test subjects?\n\nAnd finally, the non-so-but-should-be obvious: Is this okay? Is this good? Is this helpful? Is this right? Is this human?\n\nFor all the "unbiased" science that purports to approach biotechnology and other research and experimentation, I don't hear these questions asked by the researcher or supporter very often.\n\nNevermind telepathy and virtual reality. I'm actually quite surprised that this passes as "science." I mean, you did reference Star Trek and The Matrix. Remember, that's William Shatner and Keanu Reeves you're talking about. What fine representatives for the cause! That's Hollywood-celebrity-pseudoscience on their very best day, imagined by a scriptwriter-not a qualified, well-thought-out, informed scientist. \n\nNow, I can appreciate prosthetic limbs for those in need, but augmenting our bodies for "super-human" strength and our memory and other naturally human limitations gets very sketchy, and I'm a little confused at the unfettered acceptance of many "scientific" communities. There is an air of "helping people" - but will this really help? Will it solve all their present problems, and create many more? With all the hunger and death, maybe science could come up with a better, more humane response to help people.\n\nI'm also quite surprised at the thought of "gaming and text messaging" being considered a "legitimate use" for brains teaming up with machines. You have made many 14-year-olds very excited. Now they may literally never have to lift a finger.\n\nAnd, in general, I'm disappointed in the "rational, unbiased, progressive" science community for conflating some really basic terms. My scientist friends, "can" does not equal "should." And we'd all do well to spend more time thinking about the "should" at least as much as the "can." This, I fearfully predict, will appear preposterous to most biotech scientists; and that would simply prove my point.\n\nBut you did, after all, ask me "What's on your wish-list?"\n\nAnd that is a very simple answer, friends. I want to become Krang, the Evil Brain from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that lived inside the big Devo-esque, alien wrestler-man's stomach. (http://www.x-entertainment.com/articles/0804/5.jpg).