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January 8th, 2010

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02:52 pm - Notes on the Acceleration: Brain Prosthetics and Enhancements
For the past several years, I've been following the work of Ted Berger and his project to create an artificial hippocampus. Since my last post in 2007, they've begun actual test with positive results, it's early stages, but progress is clearly occurring, and they talking about human trials in 5 years. This is the sort of tech that I dream about and that will change humanity. It's a very small step from an artificial hippocampus and either directly downloading memories into the human brain or creating an artificial hippocampus that works better than a biological one. It's also a big first step in being able to replace more of the human brain with electronics, which is a fairly obvious path to uploading human consciousness. We live in an amazing era, and in another decade it's going to be far more amazing.
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Date:January 9th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Well, there's still a lot we don't understand about how memory is stored and retrieved. We can replace a faulty hippocampus, or a section thereof, with a device that mimics its signals, but actually learning to filter neural impulses to meaningful memory data, encode and decode it, and process that data into a completely different brain is tricky, not just for the bits we don't understand about memory but for the fact that different brains develop differently. Thus far we've relied largely on the brain adapting to the technology we create, but I don't think that will be enough to actually transfer memory. It's hard to say, though, since the central nervous system often acts in unexpected ways.

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