Scientists for the first time managed to improve human memory with the help of a neuronimplant
A researcher at the University of Southern California, Don Song, made a presentation describing the progress in the development of the “neural code” and devices for its application. The technology is tested on volunteers and can become the basis for the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists for the first time in history have understood, how it is possible to influence concrete kinds of memory of the person.
Volunteers were implanted into the brain with electrodes of two types: some measured the activity of thought processes, the latter could stimulate the gray matter. When the staff of Song did this at random, memory performance deteriorated, but as the regularities were revealed, the team managed to develop a specific neurocode. This is a kind of programming language for activating the electrodes – the correct sequence of commands improves memory performance.
And not by the magnitude of the statistical error, but by 15% for short-term memory and 25% for working memory. But this is not the main thing, but the very fact of the development and successful application of the neurocode – it remains only to design the device, a chip that can generate useful programs. And immediately send them to the brain, in which it will be, as an implant.
A good, “pumped” memory is needed not only for students before exams – Bill Gates recently invested $ 100 million in research and development of tools to combat dementia. Together with Alzheimer’s disease, it will become one of the most pressing problems of mankind in the near future, and the maintenance of such patients requires colossal costs. Dr. Song’s technology can provide invaluable assistance in this fight.