Thursday, 19 January 2017

Artificial Part for the Brain

Definitely one for the Amazing Innovation category...

Electronics were used to replicate the function of the hippocampus in the brain: converting short-term memory into long-term memory. Very interesting and significant!

Brain repair and/or enhancement.

Electronics can be used to simulate the function of the hippocampus: to turn short-term memories into long-term memories.

Experiments proved that the approach works.

This can be used to restore memory functionality to brains that have a damaged hippocampus.

They also created artificial memories [!]

If the electronics are used in parallel with a working hippocampus then long-term memory is slightly boosted.

This represents the start of a great health programme to repair damaged brains. It fires up the ethical debate about using it to boost brain performance; artificially add memories; and connect directly to the Internet... [though that's beyond the scope of this talk and research]

Theodore Berger: Neuroengineering - The Future is Now

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