Government Trying to Fix Our Memories
Pentagon invests $40M in research into implants
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2014 12:54 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It sounds like something out of a sci-fi flick: Direct brain recording, a shorthand for probing the brain to listen to its chatter. But the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is dedicating $40 million to this high-tech field to help the estimated 270,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war vets with traumatic brain injury get their memories back, the agency announced. The ambitious goal of the new Restoring Active Memory program: the creation of implants that stimulate an injured brain’s memory centers back into full function.

Two centers have won contracts to develop these implants—UCLA will focus on the area of the brain that turns daily life into long-term memory, while Penn will use electrodes to look for “biomarkers” of functional memory, patterns that accompany the creation of new memories and the retrieval of old ones. The end goal of both is to restore memory and develop the brain-stimulating implants, or “neuroprosthetics.” Experts are worried that such stimulation may not really imitate the brain’s internal dialogue and do more harm than good, reports the New York Times. “When working with the brain, you have to keep slapping yourself in the face as a reality check; we still understand so little,” says the chief of neurosurgery at Albany Hospital.

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Jul 13, 2014 3:48 PM CDT
You can trust the government. They'll insert thoughts in your brain like: Democrats good, Republicans bad; illegals good, Marine Tahmoorisi in prison bad; Muslim terrorists good, Americans bad; IRS good, NSA good, EPA good, DOJ good, Obummercare good, Tea Party Patriots bad. Judging by the amount of ignorant demwit comments on Newser, I'd say the government is already experimenting on people. Those are probably the Armed Nazis in black doing the wishes of our federal government against it's citizens.
Jul 11, 2014 12:06 PM CDT
My memory's fine. Furthermore, my memory's fine.
Jul 10, 2014 7:47 AM CDT
Personally, I'm more interested in figuring out how to reformat parts of the brain that are wasted on useless memories. I really have very little use for the Patty Duke Show theme music ("But they're cousins, identical cousins all the way!"), but it would be nice to remember where the hell I parked my car this morning.