From Elon Mask, through the MIT (Institute of Technology), to the US Department of Defense, everyone works on brain implant research, so it seems to be only a matter of time when a device that enhances people’s memory will be ready.
The American USC University has demonstrated the use of such implants, which could be used in the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Professor Dong Song presented his findings on the topic of “memory prostheses” during a meeting of the Association for Neuroscience in Washington, DC, referring to the first device that effectively improved human memory.
During the test, Song was assisted by 20 volunteers who received brain electrodes within the treatment for epilepsy treatment. After implementation, Song device began collecting data about brain activity from volunteers during tests designed to stimulate short-term memory or working memory.
Scientists then identified a pattern that was associated with optimal perforating memory and used electrodes to stimulate the brain by following that pattern during anatomical tests. On the basis of the research, such stimulation improved the short-term memory by 14% and the working memory by about 25%. When scientists stimulated the brain by chance, performance deteriorated.
– We write a neural code that would improve the memory function. This has never been done before, said Song.
Better memory could be useful for students or those who have difficulty remembering names, but would also create tremendous benefits in people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s.
US businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates recently announced that he will invest $ 100 million in research into these diseases.
The age limit is the highest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, and the majority of patients are older than 65 years. According to estimates in the United States by 2030, more than 20% of people over 65 will live, so the number of dementia patients will increase.