You'll recall a few weeks ago that I blogged about the recent advanced in neural mapping made by Japanese researchers, and which was then followed up quickly by confirming research from scientists in California. I stated that this was a necessary step in the technology tree toward the ability to actually upload information directly into the brain, rather like the transhumanists have been advocating, and as we saw in the box-office hit, The Matrix. Well, there has been another huge milestone in the development of this ability, according to this article shared by Mr. A:
This new capability appears to be directly related to the neural mapping and brain wave states we've talked about on this website before:
According to information available on the Hughes Research Laboratories website, the researchers discovered that low-current electrical brain stimulation can modulate the learning of complex real-world skills. Some researchers have studied the low-current in the brain for some time now. In 2011, a team of scientists at Boston University, and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan, predicted that it is possible to develop advanced software that will facilitate instant transfer of skills into the human brain.
Some skeptics doubted their prediction, but researchers from the Hughes Research Laboratories have done exactly that.
Notice, that this technology involves the direct modulation of brain wave activity of someone already skilled in a particular area, to the brain waves of someone who is not, a point which carries both military and medical applications:
Dr. Phillips explained, “We measured the brain activity patterns of six commercial and military pilots, and then transmitted these patterns into novice subjects as they learned to pilot an airplane in a realistic flight simulator. We measured the average g-force of the plane during the simulated landing and compared it to control subjects who received a mock brain stimulation.”
According to Dr. Phillips, the experiment revealed that subjects who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps, improved their piloting abilities far better than those who never received them.
The reports state that previous research has demonstrated that tDCS can both help patients recover more quickly from a stroke, and boost a healthy person’s creativity.
If you've been following these stories, what is interesting to note is the pace at which these developments are being driven, and now, with the involvement of Hughes, the clear indication that the corporate world is rapidly pursuing military applications of the capabilities even as they are developing the tests and experimental proofs of concept.
Imagine, now, what this means: a whole new industry, even a whole new educational philosophy: want to learn calculus or nuclear physics or a foreign language or mediaeval French literature? Then just plug in the brain waves of someone who are masters of the subject, and learn it so much quicker.
THe bottom line: whatever one may think of the utility or even the ethics of such technology, this will become, in time, a growth industry.
See you on the flip side...