Cultocracy note :
More research regarding human implants (now termed prosthetics as the word implant has now gained various sinister connotations) from those beneficent people at DARPA . This particular research paper regards neural electrodes which can record the memory process in a human brain , the neural recording was then played back to the patients who displayed a marked increase in memory recall . In theory a similar system could be used to wipe memories or implant memories , not that DARPA would ever think of doing such a thing .
The research , as usual , is touted as being able to help people with “Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and head injury” . Call me cynical , but I think the real reason for the research is something completely different . Humanitarian issues are not in the vocabulary of military research organizations , exactly the opposite in fact .
Ewen Cameron & Josef Mengele would be so proud .
I wonder if trials have started yet ?
(T)est p(I)lots required .
Prosthetic memory system successful in humans
Scientists have demonstrated the successful implementation of a prosthetic system that uses a person’s own memory patterns to facilitate the brain’s ability to encode and recall memory.
Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of Southern California (USC) have demonstrated the successful implementation of a prosthetic system that uses a person’s own memory patterns to facilitate the brain’s ability to encode and recall memory.
In the pilot study, published in today’s Journal of Neural Engineering, participants’ short-term memory performance showed a 35 to 37 percent improvement over baseline measurements.
“This is the first time scientists have been able to identify a patient’s own brain cell code or pattern for memory and, in essence, ‘write in’ that code to make existing memory work better, an important first step in potentially restoring memory loss,” said the study’s lead author Robert Hampson, Ph.D., professor of physiology/pharmacology and neurology at Wake Forest Baptist.
The study focused on improving episodic memory, which is the most common type of memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and head injury. Episodic memory is information that is new and useful for a short period of time, such as where you parked your car on any given day. Reference memory is information that is held and used for a long time, such as what is learned in school.
Read the full article here at Science Daily
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