One of the greatest mysteries is the human mind. But as technology and research advance, scientists are now just steps away from decoding it. The possibility of using memory chips has hit the headlines in the past years, spawning hope among victims or sufferers of Alzheimer’s, stroke or brain injury.
In 2013, the work of University of Southern California, Wake Forest University and others on memory implants was cited as one of the top ten technological breakthroughs by MIT.
The team, which experimented on rats and monkeys, said they predicted memory chips being implanted in patients in 5-10 years. The design included silicon chips that would copy the signals of working neurons through electrodes.
The possibility of the implant being used in epilepsy patients was also being studied.
Micro-chips for soldiers
Claims revealed that micro-chips had already been implanted in some soldiers to help them counter the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). First announced in February 2014, the $26-million project by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency was aimed at developing the implants used to treat Parkinson’s disease.