Brain Prosthesis

Some researchers in California are developing the world’s first brain prosthesis. That’s right, a prosthesis. They’re creating a chip that is capable of mimicking the function of the hippocampus.

The hippocampus is instrumental in encoding our memories, learning, and emotion. The primary function that these researchers are concerned with is its ability to encode memories.

They don’t have any idea how the hippocampus encodes memories, but they say that they don’t have to know. They will simply test every possible input, and copy the output, and encode that into a chip. They’re hoping that this mimicry will be enough for this chip to essentially replace the hippocampus.

This research sounds like a great leap forward in treating people with brain damage. I just hope these guys have covered all their bases…

You can read more about it here:
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99993488

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