Until now, the idea of implanting a special chip in the brain, which gives a person superpowers, refers to the plots of science fiction films. However, neuroscientists are increasingly working on this topic. So, memory-activating implant chips have already been successfully tested in rats.
Dr. Theodore Berger, professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California, has been actively involved in the creation of brain chips for the study of Alzheimer's disease for 20 years. One of his latest developments is a chip that mimics the electrical signals of the brain.
The unique design is based on a mechanism for transforming short-term memories into long-term ones. By transforming memories, the brain creates a unique code from a pattern of electrical signals. The brain chip generates electrical signals that match a pattern, mimicking a natural process.
Theodore Berger teamed up with entrepreneur Brian Johnson to create a startup called Kernel, focused on the manufacture of brain implants. Trials are currently underway on patients with epilepsy, and there are already positive results. Brian Johnson assesses the prospects of implants this way:
"The idea is that if you have memory problems, you can use a prosthetic hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for forming memories) to restore your memory."
As the creators of Kernel suggest, in the future, anyone will be able to increase the amount of their own memory, simply by installing their chip in their brain.