Neural prosthesis improves rats' memories

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17 Responses to “Neural prosthesis improves rats' memories”

  1. turn_self_off says:

    Worryingly cute rodent there.

  2. Palomino says:

    Ben!

  3. juepucta says:

    “…primates is the next step”.

    Don’t know about you guys, but i think on my last visit to the cinema James Franco was trying to tell me something. Hmm.

    -G.

    • Vnend says:

      Was it that improving long term retention of memories increases the ability to actually think more intelligently?

      It isn’t what you know, it is what you can do with it. If you know of a study that shows that remembering more makes one more intelligent, I would love to have a pointer to them.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think I would love to be able to turn my memory on and off whenever a situation presents itself to be overwhelming.

  5. Vnend says:

    You’re welcome.

    The long term goal is to be able to work around, or at least further our understanding, of Alzheimer’s. They probably won’t get to humans until it is too late, but I saw this and thought of Terry Pratchett. We can hope…

  6. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    Flip the switch on, and I remember “Flowers for Algernon.” Flip the switch off, and I… where was I?

  7. emmdeeaych says:

    It is by will alone I set my mind in motion….

  8. Aknaton says:

    That varmint totally looks like the memory machine was just turned back on.

  9. yri says:

    “Duplicating the work in primates is the next step…” with a test chimp named Caesar, no doubt.

  10. Anonymous says:

    “You will become one, with the Borg.”

  11. Anonymous says:

    I, for one, welcome our new yadda yadda yadda…

  12. dolo54 says:

    I can carry nearly eighty gigs of data in my head. But now I have the Black Shakes.

  13. dagfooyo says:

    Old news, this technology has been around since the 70′s:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xbmiNlvdJE#t=04m25s

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