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posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:12 PM
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DARPA taps Lawrence Livermore to develop world’s first neural device to restore memory


The Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory, DARPA officials announced this week.

It's coming folks. An implantable device that monitors, regulates, stores and recovers a persons memories.


The goal of LLNL's work -- driven by LLNL's Neural Technology group and undertaken in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Medtronic -- is to develop a device that uses real-time recording and closed-loop stimulation of neural tissues to bridge gaps in the injured brain and restore individuals' ability to form new memories and access previously formed ones.



LLNL will develop a miniature, wireless and chronically implantable neural device that will incorporate both single neuron and local field potential recordings into a closed-loop system to implant into TBI patients' brains. The device -- implanted into the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus -- will allow for stimulation and recording from 64 channels located on a pair of high-density electrode arrays. The entorhinal cortex and hippocampus are regions of the brain associated with memory.



The arrays will connect to an implantable electronics package capable of wireless data and power telemetry. An external electronic system worn around the ear will store digital information associated with memory storage and retrieval and provide power telemetry to the implantable package using a custom RF-coil system.

How does everyone feel about this device? Would society ever accept the seemingly eventual meld between human and machine? Could this be the first step towards a neural brain implant everyone can benefit to use? And how would it be marketed towards a younger population if it was initially designed to only help Alzheimer's and TBI patients?

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posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:22 PM
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Manchurian Candidate, anyone?

I wonder if that cost quote was correct. A mere $2.5M in a govt program?



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:26 PM
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originally posted by: Snarl
Manchurian Candidate, anyone?

I wonder if that cost quote was correct. A mere $2.5M in a govt program?


They couldn't draw too much attention. The rest is funded through black projects and immigration reform.




posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:38 PM
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Any of the technologies having to do with the human mind/memories are more terrifying to me than nuclear weapons. The benefits could be like miracles made real to hundreds of thousands of people and I do think that the technologies should be developed for just such cases.

But I personally want to see even stricter regulations around their implementation than you'd find at a germ warfare lab. This should be treated like the potential civilization destroyer that it is. Oversight, dammit.



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:44 PM
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It might be cool if it works. What gets me is that diabetes is an automatic disqualifier for the military. If the government wanted more soldiers WHY DOESN'T DARPA CURE DIABETES once and for all! I'm talking about type 1 diabetes, the type that skinny people get. If they did that, there would be about 30 million more Americans eligible to join the Army, Navy, and possibly even the Marines. Hello DARPA, do you hear me


Edit: I think they could figure out a cure with 2.5 million dollars. Seriously. I know of actually more than one company right now that have a working prototype type 1 diabetes cure. Once again DARPA do you hear me?
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posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:48 PM
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a reply to: eisegesis


And how would it be marketed towards a younger population if it was initially designed to only help Alzheimer's and TBI patients?


I'm sure the real application is to implant and replace memories as well.

This is very scary technology. The word "patient" will widen to become anyone who doesn't go along with the "program", and that's when your "program" will be replaced with theirs.

~Namaste



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:48 PM
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originally posted by: Unresponsible
Any of the technologies having to do with the human mind/memories are more terrifying to me than nuclear weapons. The benefits could be like miracles made real to hundreds of thousands of people and I do think that the technologies should be developed for just such cases.

But I personally want to see even stricter regulations around their implementation than you'd find at a germ warfare lab. This should be treated like the potential civilization destroyer that it is. Oversight, dammit.


Most of me agrees with you. With every advancement into this field of science comes greater responsibilities. You wonder if they ever get the point that war is traumatizing and should be avoided at all costs. Instead, they invent an implant to correct the damage one should not experience from the beginning. Soldiers are pawns to shield the king and queen.



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:55 PM
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originally posted by: Snarl
Manchurian Candidate, anyone?

I wonder if that cost quote was correct. A mere $2.5M in a govt program?


A Manchurian candidate would be most fitting. Take a young child, slap on Brain Interface 2.0 and carry out your most nefarious desires, deleting any conflicting memories other than the mission objective.


Changing the world: DARPA’s top inventions

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posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 06:58 PM
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Just remember, if they can invent a device to restore memories, they can invent one to modify or erase them. And good luck catching them at it.

"I think something's up with my Total Recall device. I feel like it's erasing my - what was I saying? Oh right, milk. We need milk."
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posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 07:42 PM
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originally posted by: AfterInfinity
Just remember, if they can invent a device to restore memories, they can invent one to modify or erase them. And good luck catching them at it.

"I think something's up with my Total Recall device. I feel like it's erasing my - what was I saying? Oh right, milk. We need milk."

Scientists turn memories off and on with flip of switch


Scientists have developed a way to turn memories on and off -- literally with the flip of a switch. Using an electronic system that duplicates the neural signals associated with learning, they replicated the brain function in rats associated with long-term learned behavior, even when the rats had been drugged to forget. "Flip the switch on, and the rats remember. Flip it off, and the rats forget," said the leader of the team reporting the result.


Next steps, according to Berger and Deadwyler, will be attempts to duplicate the rat results in primates (monkeys), with the aim of eventually creating prostheses that might help the human victims of Alzheimer's disease, stroke or injury recover function.

The paper is entitled "A Cortical Neural Prosthesis for Restoring and Enhancing Memory." Besides Deadwyler and Berger, the other authors are, from USC, BME Professor Vasilis Z. Marmarelis and Research Assistant Professor Dong Song, and from Wake Forest, Associate Professor Robert E. Hampson and Post-Doctoral Fellow Anushka Goonawardena.



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 08:38 PM
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Thanks but I PREFER Alzheimers rather than being experimented on..again.



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 09:33 PM
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...and with it, the Beast can be hurt to the head, seem dead, and miraculously come back whole. That is what is written, right?

Well, the tech for it to happen will officially be here soon enough.

I agree with some previous posters that this will be big but also terrifying.





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