A few weeks ago, details leaked that Elon Musk had backed a brain-computer interface venture founded to allow humans to keep up with the advancements made in machine intelligence. The company – Neuralink – is still in the earliest stages of development. To that end, we don’t know very much about it (at all).However, we aren’t entirely in the dark. We know a few things. For example, we know that the company’s ultimate goal is to develop a device (a brain-computer interface, to be exact) that could be implanted into the brain in order to augment (see: improve) human intelligence. It could allow us to store memories externally, learn new skills and languages in seconds, and bring an end to diseases like Alzheimer’s. Of course, such work will take time. But Musk hopes to expedite this development through his work…..Read More
DARPA, the highly secretive arm of the Department of Defense, have launched various projects that will involve implanting microchips into soldiers’ brains – in an attempt to enhance battlefield performance and repair the traumatized minds of soldiers returning from war. “Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury,” author Annie Jacobsen told NPR. “DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs center around putting brain chips inside the tissue of the brain.” Read More
Scientists believe they may have taken the first steps towards making Matrix-style ‘instant learning’ a reality. A team of researchers from HRL Laboratories in California conducted experiments in which they studied the brain signals of trained pilots and attempted to ‘transplant’ them into the brains of beginners who were using a flight simulator. The technique is similar to that seen in 1999’s The Matrix, in which the protagonist, Neo, learns Kung Fu in a matter of seconds after the knowledge is uploaded directly into his brain. Read More
Don’t worry, the Internet is not about to explode. China just has a new Internet weapon researchers have taken to calling the Great Cannon. The Chinese regime keeps a tight grip on information through state-run media and something called the Great Firewall of China. It basically prevents Chinese netizens from seeing anything that might cause the formation of what’s known as “thoughts” in the area of the body known as the “brain.” Doctors say that when the brain begins to form thoughts, it can result in a potentially deadly condition known as thinking. Read Article
If the natural health world had any impact on you during 2014, it was probably the simple incorporation of health-boosting foods and spices. One of those foods everyone should have stockpiled is turmeric – a spice largely studied for its healing properties. But in case past research didn’t stick, a newly released study is here to show once again how turmeric and its active compound curcumin can inhibit what is considered a leading factor for the development of disease – inflammation.
Inflammation has actually been referred to as the ‘mother of most major chronic disease.’ It is a silent epidemic effecting millions of people, causing a wide range of ailments. To test for it, doctors use indirect methods by measuring blood levels of C-reactive protein, a pro-inflammatory marker, and homocysteine levels. Read Full Article
Similar to the idea behind the movie Inception, artificial memories have been successfully implanted in the brains of mice for the very first time by MIT neuroscientists. The goal of the study is not to duplicate the efforts of falsifying memories in humans, but to try to better understand how we form memory in our brain, when it comes to our behaviors and judgment. This has been a big question in brain research that could continue to have far-reaching implications for many diseases that impact our memories.