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Since I first saw Johnny Mnemonic starring Keanu Reeves I’ve longed for something to enhance my memory or have the ability to carry information I’m transferring between computers or other electronic devices. Now it seems like my wishes aren’t that far away as scientist have created a chip which is capable of enhancing the memories of mice.

“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.

The team’s experiments—which have been in a paper called “A Cortical Neural Prosthesis for Restoring and Enhancing Memory”—could lead to the development of devices that may help people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, stroke or other brain injuries. In fact, they are already working on the next step: Reproduce the same result in monkeys.”


(Via Gizmodo)