Computer Chip Brain Implant to help your memory banks

Imagine having the ability to remember anything and everything with the switch of a button? Or the ability to learn anything through an “upload” cable that plugs in straight into your brain?

That Idea, is not that far fetched, a group of scientists lead by Dr. Theodore Berger—from the University of South California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, have managed to create a computer chip that can be implanted on a rat’s brain.

The chip uses electrodes to enhance and expand the rat’s memory abilities to unprecedented proportions. The chip is capable of storing neural signals, basically functioning as an electronic memory bank. It allows rats to learn more and keep it stored in their Virtual heads…  Dr. Berger’s description of what they are accomplishing is beyond belief:

“Flip the switch on, and the rats remember. Flip it off, and the rats forget […] These integrated experimental modeling studies show for the first time that with sufficient information about the neural coding of memories, a neural prosthesis capable of real-time identification and manipulation of the encoding process can restore and even enhance cognitive mnemonic processes”

This means that some day we’ll be able to learn how to play the guitar in 5 minutes, or like Trinity from the Matrix, learn to fly a plane with a simple download. The scientist are already working on a larger animal, a monkey, and if it works, maybe someday we’ll be able to have devices that can assist the elderly, or people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. I hope that this becomes a success, maybe some day, we’ll all have a super brain… until some jerk comes along and infects our tiny chip… with their virus, if you thought Facebook security was bad… this thing better be top notch …who knows what you’ll find our memories…

Via:PR Newswire