Neurosurgeon's chilling message — a real 'Severance' is 'not far off'

Apple TV+ Severance
Apple TV+ Severance (Image credit: Apple TV+)

What you need to know

  • A Neurosurgeon has been speaking about the possibility of the severance procedure becoming reality.
  • Dr. Vijay Agarwal says such a procedure is "not for off."

The neurosurgeon brought on board to make sure that Apple TV+ show Severance is at least plausible says we're "not far off" it being real, let alone possible.

The chilling message comes via a Variety report that discusses the possibilities of Severance being real. For the uninitiated, the Apple TV+ show is about a company called Lumon that uses a severance procedure to give people a real work-life balance. That's achieved by separating those two lives to the point where people don't know about their home lives when at work, and vice-versa.

Severance consultant Dr. Vijay Agarwal says it was his job over the course of two years to make sure the show was plausible, at least to a point. But in reality the severance procedure could be real much sooner than we realize.

"We are not at the stage yet, as depicted in the show, but I would say we are not far off. Right now, big academic centers, big neurosurgery, neuroscience centers are able to get micro catheters into the brain. They are able to adjust functions, like movement and tremor. They do that by putting electrical pulses into the middle of the brain and into the areas of the brain that are not functioning accurately. We're actually able to put little catheters in the brain and hear single neurons firing. What the public may not be aware of is that we are much closer to this type of technology and this ability than we have ever been before."

So that's a thing that will be keeping me up tonight. You can read more about the work that went into creating Severance in the original Variety interview. Just in case your nightmares aren't already real enough.

Severance is proving to be another Apple TV+ show and you can watch the first season right now, so long as you have a subscription. Apple TV+ is also part of the Apple One bundle, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.