Our brains will be able to store/retrieve more, lessening the need for computers to store information.

At present the majority of the focus is on enhancing the entorhinal area. It’s believed that _this_ is the place where memory gets encoded into long term memory. I personally think there’s a strong connection between memory encoding and retrieval and sinus troubles.

Anyway, it’s like boosting gain in an amplifier for a stronger signal, or adding a pre-amp to your microphone so you can put it through a line-input.

They’re not creating new memories/false memories/etc. Of course the EXPERIENCE of memory boost/retrieval is another story – how will it affect other neural systems and the subjective experience of it all; but I’m a huge fan of this. Our brains will be able to store/retrieve more, lessening the need for computers to store information.

This is really fucking cool to me, because I didn’t know we reached that point yet. I’m VERY excited.

http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2014-07-09

“Unique to the UCLA team’s approach is a focus on the portion of the brain known as the entorhinal area. UCLA researchers previously demonstrated that human memory could be facilitated by stimulating that region, which is known to be involved in learning and memory. Considered the entrance to the hippocampus—which helps form and store memories—the entorhinal area plays a crucial role in transforming daily experience into lasting memories. Data collected during the first year of the project from patients already implanted with brain electrodes as part of their treatment for epilepsy will be used to develop a computational model of the hippocampal-entorhinal system that can then be used to test memory restoration in patients. “

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