Project to implant chips into the brain to increase intelligence for humans

A US company invested US $ 100 million to develop implantable devices that can enhance human intelligence.

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The chip implanted into the brain can enhance memory and enhance intelligence in the future. Artwork: Business Insider.

Bryan Johnson, founder of Kernel in the US, is planning to develop a chip to help improve memory and other functions in healthy people with an investment of $ 100 million, New Scientist reported on October 20. Johnson's goal is to implant the chip into the brain to enhance cognitive abilities.

The chip will be extremely small in size so it can be easily inserted into the brain, able to record or simulate multiple neurons. Johnson is collaborating with Dr. Theodore Berger at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA, to design custom algorithms that allow control of human brain function.

Berger is studying people with epilepsy. The patients implanted electronic devices in the brain to handle seizures. Berger's group used an implant to record brain activity, thus explaining hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for memory.

The team thinks they can restore memory in people with memory disorders by simulating how the hippocampus works by stimulating electricity. Berger successfully tested the method on animals and began testing it in humans.

"Our idea is that if you lose the memory function, you can use a chip in the hippocampus to restore memory," Johnson said. People with age-related memory disorders due to trauma or age will become the first test subjects to implant.

Johnson hopes memory enhancement chips are just the beginning. "If we can simulate the natural function of the brain and decode the nervous system, we have the ability to learn 1,000 times faster, choose to maintain or eliminate memories, or connect to machines. computers, "Johnson shared.

However, some experts are skeptical about Johnson's project. Neil Burgess of the University of London said that even if the team can record the activity of neurons during normal memorization, identifying mechanisms to enhance memory is still difficult.