$100 Million Brain Implant Project to Make Super-Human Memory
Entrepreneur Ben Johnson has put up a cool $100 million of his own cash to start researching how to make a brain implant that could help restore memory.
The key area of focus of the study is the hippocampus, an area in the brain where a lot of memory is stored. Theodore Berger from the University of Southern Cal is studying people with epilepsy who already have seizure-treating brain implants to record brain activity.
Berger believes that the more we know about brain activity and how a healthy brain works, scientists should be able to electrically stimulate positive brain patterns to restore memory.
“The idea is that if you have loss of memory function, then you could build a prosthetic for the hippocampus that would help restore the circuitry, and restore memory,” says Johnson.
If it helps me remember where I put my wallet last, I'm all in.
Hat tip: New Scientist
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