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Scientists from British Telecom's Laboratory today announced a memory chip for the human brain. No kidding. At a presentation for Yorkshire Post newspaper, BT scientists said the chip would attach directly to the optical nerve and store incoming sensory impulses that could then be downloaded and played on a computer or implanted in someone else's memory. As far-fetched as it may seem, BT scientists are taking it seriously: They even assigned it the appropriately gee-whiz product moniker of "Soul Catcher 2025," as well as some fairly detailed specifications. The 2025 refers to the year the scientists think the idea will become a reality.
A lifetime's experience could be stored in about 10 terabytes, according to Peter Cochrane, head of advanced applications and technologies for BT. "I tend to think of computers now as my third lobe," said Cochrane, who asserts that integrating actual circuitry into the human body is the next logical step. Cochrane insists that BT is taking the project seriously, perhaps leading some to question what company executives already have in their heads. The phone company has invested 267 million pounds (about $400 million) in its Lab, a playground for futurists and their inventions.
"BT the telephone company is no different from any other telephone company in the world, but they do have this advanced applications laboratory where they think up great thoughts," said Ben Rooney, editor for the Daily Telegraph's weekly Connected section.
In Greek mythology, Charon or Kharon (English pronunciation: /ˈkɛərɒn/, /ˈkɛərən/; Greek Χάρων) is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. A coin to pay Charon for passage, usually an obolus or danake, was sometimes placed in or on the mouth of a dead person. Some authors say that those who could not pay the fee, or those whose bodies were left unburied, had to wander the shores for one hundred years. In the catabasis mytheme, heroes — such as Heracles, Orpheus, Aeneas, Dante, Dionysus and Psyche — journey to the underworld and return, still alive, conveyed by the boat of Charon.
Originally posted by The X
I have done been down this research track, The soul chip has been researched by british telecom on prisoners in governmental institutions in mexico in the 90's.
It has caused deaths and serious illnesss and injury to many people who had it implanted.
This kind of research does not get done in the open, finding the relevant articles may be impossible as the internet over the last five years has undergone a scrubbing of anything relating to this.
"This project is a very small part of our total effort," agreed Cochrane. In the intervening 30 years between now and the potential delivery of the Soul Catcher,.
Richard Garner from [220.127.116.11], at 12:09pm ET
On the Soul Catcher project, what kind of results have your initial testing produced? What kind of progress have you made?
Dr. Peter Cochrane at 12:16pm ET
Our technology is like the Crystal Set radio of 1912, and we are trying to imagine a cellular mobile phone. Connecting directly to the human brain in a more effective way to capture more intricate thought processes will probably take another 20-30 years when our silicone computers will be a billion times more powerful than today.