A 34-year-old store clerk in Japan stole and abused 1300 credit numbers by using his perfect memory. The clerk has eidetic memory. He would memorize the customers name, credit card number, expiration date and security code for a few minutes. He would then record this information in a regular paper notebook.
Eidetic memory is typically found only in young children, as it is virtually nonexistent in adults. Children possess far more capacity for eidetic imagery than adults, suggesting that a developmental change (such as acquiring language skills) may disrupt the potential for eidetic imagery.” Eidetic memory has been found in 2 to 10 percent of children aged 6 to 12.
In a small test of 15 patients at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, this prosthetic memory system helped the patients improve their short-term memory by an average of 35 percent.
The researchers constructed a model of processes by which the hippocampus encodes memory items via spatiotemporal firing of neural ensembles that underlie the successful encoding of short-term memory. A nonlinear multi-input, multi-output (MIMO) model of hippocampal CA3 and CA1 neural firing is computed that predicts activation patterns of CA1 neurons during the encoding (sample) phase of a delayed match-to-sample (DMS) human short-term memory task. Main results. MIMO model-derived electrical stimulation delivered to the same CA1 locations during the sample phase of DMS trials facilitated short-term/working memory by 37% during the task. Longer-term memory retention was also tested in the same human subjects with a delayed recognition (DR) task that utilized images from the DMS task, along with images that were not from the task. Across the subjects, the stimulated trials exhibited significant improvement (35%) in both short-term and long-term retention of visual information. These results demonstrate the facilitation of memory encoding which is an important feature for the construction of an implantable neural prosthetic to improve human memory.
Simple Recording and Getting into the Zone Where You Learn Better and Are More Focused
If someone was wearing Google Glass, then they could record their interactions on video. This would enable them to record credit card information in their field of view. There is also work on memory and intelligence enhancement. Simple recording devices and there is the scam of having a false or duplicate reader attached to the regular credit card reader.
There are lifestyle modifications to improve memory and learning and increasing the ability to get into the zone. There is a state of flow where you can be more focused and more productive and have improved memory.
The following activities help:
* Fasting (removal of food)
* Nutritional Ketosis (removal of carbs)
* Meditation (removal of thoughts)
Technology to Enable Boosted Memory or Learning
tDCS (trans direct-current stimulation) has been shown to increase memory and learning. DARPA added tDCS electrodes to the brains of novice military snipers and increased their learning ability by 230%.
Defense Advancement Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has an $80 million project to improve memory. This is to help injured soldiers who have memory problems.
Elon Musk’s Brain-Computer-Interface Company could begin implanting high-density brain sensors into people starting next year.
Neuralink believes the key to high fidelity brain interfaces is to precisely reading the electrical spiking of the brain.
They call this roughly ten thousand probe sensors as the N1 system. Clearly the N2 system would be at least 10 times or 100 times higher in channel count. They want to reach the entire motor cortex and decode all signals. The current system would maximally scale to a few million probes and connections but they will have to get much smaller for billions of connections and sensors.
Neuralink wants to implant the system into a human by the end of 2020. Elon Musk described a 2-millimeter keyhole incision that would be created to implant the devices in under one hour. The hole would be glued shut with surgical glue. The needle of the surgery robot currently has a 24-micron needle.
SOURCES – Neuralink, DARPA, Sankei
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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