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Pentagon Program Is Developing Implantable Hard Drive For Brain

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a Pentagon program, wants to build a small device that would help improve the memories of U.S. troops who have suffered serious brain injuries.

DARPA's previous program, Revolutionizing Prosthetics, implanted tiny electrodes into the brain of 55-year-old woman who was paralyzed.

The electrodes allowed her to control a prosthetic arm so that she could feed herself and operate a jet fighter simulator, noted

This new implant project, Restoring Active Memory, would serve as a hard drive in the brain to help injured soldiers create and recall memories such as faces and names.

Justin Sanchez, of DARPA, told

The twist on this is he or she will be interacting with a prosthetic device. So at some face and name presentations, maybe we'll stimulate the part of the brain that is involved in the memory formation and see if there are particular patterns of stimulation that can facilitate the formation and recall of that memory.

Image Credit: Experimenter Publications, Inc/Public Domain


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