Rodents, your wildest fantasies are about to come true. Scientists have figured out some Total Recall-style memory hacking techniques that are successful in mice, which could lead to our very on Rekall shop on the corner in a few decades.
According to Science Daily, two researchers out of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have figured out how to install "artificial short-term memories in isolated brain tissue."
Boom. That's mind-blowing (literally).
It works by stimulating the pathways in the brain, which allowed the scientists a way to track their research in the little mouse brains:
The researchers also demonstrated that they could generate memories for specific contexts, such as whether a particular pathway was activated alone or as part of a sequence of stimuli to different inputs. Changes in ongoing activity of hippocampal neurons accurately distinguished between two temporal sequences, akin to humans recognizing the difference between two different song melodies.Professor of Neurosciences and Physiology/Biophysics Ben W. Strowbridge, PhD, said he believes the research can be a first step toward understanding the way short-term memory works.
After that, well, we can start plugging in our very own spy fantasies and crazy adventures.
What do you think? If they ever actually perfected this tech, would you let someone poke around in your mind for the chance at the memory of a lifetime?
(Via The Mary Sue)