A new brain implant is being developed to increase memory but do humans really need it?
Technology has advanced at a pace where it has impacted and influenced the physiology of our bodies in several ways. How would it appeal to you if you had a chip implanted in your brain to increase memory and intelligence? Would this herald the true age of artificial intelligence helping us to lead our lives for better or for worse. On the other side of the coin is the argument that such steps of improving your cognitive abilities can easily be derived through a healthy lifestyle.
In 1988 computer experts Andy Clark and David Chalmers made a sudden claim that computers can be used with the human brains to increase the power of the mind. This would also improve the brains processing ability and solve problems easily. It would also increase memory capacity for images and information.
1 An artificial hippocampus as a chip implanted in your brain
To take the concept one step further a professor of biomedical engineering at University of Southern California, Theodore Berger is currently working on a prosthetic device that can be implanted in the human brain which can enhance human memory. Berger has been working on such a device for 10 years stating that the device can be used as an artificial hippocampus, the area in the human brain responsible for memory and spatial navigation.
Berger hopes that the device will be able to turn short term memory into long term ones which can be stored in the same way as the hippocampus. Berger’s associate Bryan Johnson says that the prosthetic device would help restore memory function in conditions of memory loss.