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DARPA wants to improve your memory.

It’s not Jonny Mnemonic, yet.

It’s not Jonny Mnemonic, yet.

Once again, we missed an amazing piece of news. Clearly, we’re not following the right channels on our news feed. We’ll be sure to address that soon. In the meantime, we uncovered that everyone’s favorite spooky government organization, DARPA, has managed to improve short term memory with a “prosthetic memory” implant.

You read that correctly, a brain implant that enhances short term memory. It seems like something straight out of the classic Philip K. Dick novel turned movie starring the beloved Keanu Reeves. While it is a ways off from storing gigs of data in your skull that might overflow and kill you, the implant had a “dramatic” impact on the test subjects’ ability to store and recall recent memories.

The study, funded by DARPA, was conducted on 15 patients at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The patients were receiving treatment for severe epilepsy and had electrodes installed in their brains to monitor and map neural activity to treat their seizures. They were already wired up, so to speak, and were willing to give the “prosthetic memory” implant a try.

In the study, patients played a series of memory-based games.  When the implant was stimulated, their scores improved by 35%.  Whoa…

Learn more about it here: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1741-2552/aaaed7