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Coming Soon: A brain implant to restore memory

Who wants one of these?

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By Kerry Sheridan

Washington (AFP) - In the next few months, highly secretive US military researchers say they will unveil new advances toward developing a brain implant that could one day restore a wounded soldier's memory.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is forging ahead with a four-year plan to build a sophisticated memory stimulator, as part of President Barack Obama's $100 million initiative to better understand the human brain.

The science has never been done before, and raises ethical questions about whether the human mind should be manipulated in the name of staving off war injuries or managing the aging brain.

Some say those who could benefit include the five million Americans with Alzheimer's disease and the nearly 300,000 US military men and women who have sustained traumatic brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Could also be useful for

Could also be useful for stimulating memories to be recorded as evidence against you.

Restore what?

Never mind, it'll come to me later. I'm going back to my string game now, love cat's n the cradle.

There are no politicians or bankers in foxholes.

Just imagine being able to

Just imagine being able to learn whole trades that were downloaded into your brain.

I can only wish! Im already

I can only wish! Im already obsessed with knowledge as it is, can you imagine if we can download info straight into our brain!? anyway, the fact that the government is trying to come out with this, it just means trouble.


where's the fun? And somewhere the words Hanging Abstraction come to mind. I should know the meaning, but I've forgotten.

I'll take my Liberty, it's not yours to give.

sounds like the movie Strange Days...

With the memory 'sqwid'

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

This is the first step to

This is the first step to transfering consciousness to machine, among a few other very important things. If you can store your memories artiicially, you can not only transfer them to other people, you could decide which ones you wanted to keep. Its only another step up to interface your mind with a computer or become that computer. You could augment thinking ability. Obviously this is in the early stages, but its this sort of basic science that has led to the internet, lasers, etc etc etc. Things that the modern world cant work without.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Did you happen to see

this lecture by Michio Kaku? Lame jokes aside, it was interesting.

edit.. this is the wrong one. he has given this lecture several times, and now I'm looking for the one where you could see the slides as he talks.


I believe it was this one

I'll take my Liberty, it's not yours to give.

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Then I was thinking

What if the next step is repairing fading memories? Not implanting nmemories, although I suppose that could happen, but taking memories that are fading and filling them in and then uploading (down with Kurzweil) to the interwebs so you never forget them completely.

I think I would do that. But then is there a way to know if those are even real or if those blanks are just filled in with what you want to remember about that specific memory.

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I was reading about that here. Most people have memories they would like to forget. It's part of being human. I haven't read enough about it to understand what would happen, but what would fill the void for that period of time I wonder.