Enhanced Humans

Researchers develop brain implant for improving memory

The Breakthrough

A brain prosthesis has been developed by a group of researchers at the USC and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center intended to aid individuals that are suffering from the loss of memory due to brain damage. The device from Ted Berger and Dong Song, both coming from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, mimics the way a memory is translated from short-term memory into long-term memory accurately. The prosthesis, which incorporates a small array of electrodes that are implanted into the brain, is intended to bypass the hippocampal section that is damaged while also providing the next sector with the translated memory correctly.

The Implications

Their model’s effectiveness was tested last August 27th, 2015, with the algorithm predicting signals with a 90% accuracy. Having the capability to predict these neural signals using the model from the USC suggests that it is possible to design such a device intended to support or replace the function from a damaged brain’s section.

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