A brain implant to enhance human memory
A “memory prosthesis” brain implant has enhanced human memory. With an algorithm built on neural data and electrodes implanted in the brain, the device is designed to mimic the way we naturally process memories, and can boost performance on memory tests by up to 30 per cent. A similar approach may work for enhancing other brain skills, such as vision or movement, says the team behind the work at USC.
The implant algorithm can predict and mimic how electrical signals would be translated during their travel through the hippocampus, the memory centre of the brain. In hundreds of trials conducted with nine patients, it achieved 90 percent accuracy. This innovation shows how digital technology can enhance our capacities to help us keep up with artificial intelligence.
Spotted in 2018
- United States