Today, literally everyone, from Ilona Mask and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to the US Department of Defense, is looking for an opportunity to “pump” the work of the human brain through implants. And, it seems, some people managed it – for the first time in history.
A professor at the University of Southern California (USC) demonstrated the use of a brain implant to improve human memory. A biomedical named Dong Song presented a kind of “prosthesis of memory” during the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington. Thus, for the first time in history, an electronic device has appeared that can effectively improve human memory.
The Song team tested the work of its device on 20 volunteers with brain electrodes implanted to treat epilepsy. With their help, Song connected his device to the brain so that it could collect data on brain activity during tests aimed at stimulating either short-term or working memory.
Then the researchers determined the structure associated with the optimal memory, and used the device’s electrodes to stimulate the brain according to a certain pattern during subsequent tests. According to the received data, such stimulation improved short-term memory by about 15 percent and working memory by about 25 percent:
We create a neural code to improve the memory function. No one has ever done that before.
In addition to an understandable and useful memory enhancement effect, the device can completely change the lives of people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. To understand how serious everything is, let us remind you that Bill Gates himself recently invested $ 100 million of his own money in research into these diseases.
While the device Song is still undergoing further testing, but its appearance in real clinical practice is quite possible, writes New Scientist.