Scientists working at the University of Southern California, home of the Department of Homeland Security?s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, have created an artificial memory system that allows thoughts, memories and learned behavior to be transferred from one brain to another.
In a scene right out of a George Orwell novel, a team of scientists working in the fields of ?neural engineering? and ?Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems? have successfully created a chip that controls the brain and can be used as a storage device for long-term memories. In studies the scientists have been able to record, download and transfer memories into other hosts with the same chip implanted.
A microchip implanted into a rat?s brain can take on the role of the hippocampus?the area responsible for long-term memories?encoding memory brain wave patterns and then sending that same electrical pattern of signals through the brain.
In this current study the scientists had rats learn a task, pressing one of two levers to receive a sip of water. Scientists inserted a microchip into the rat?s brain, with wires threaded into their hippocampus.
The advancement in technology brings the world one step closer to a global police state and the reality of absolute mind control.
More terrifying is the potential for implementation of what was only a science fiction fantasy ? the ?Thought Police? ? where the government reads people?s memories and thoughts and then rehabilitate them through torture before they ever even commit a crime based on a statistical computer analysis showing people with certain types of thoughts are likely to commit a certain type of crime in the future.
We already pre-emptively invade nations and torture alleged terrorist suspects with absolutely no due process of law, so the idea of pre-emptively torturing a terrorist suspect beforehand to prevent them from committing an act of terrorism in the future really isn?t that farfetched of an idea.
Perhaps a less sensational example, than those I just depicted out of Orwell?s famous dystopian novel would be using the technology as it is depicted in the modern day Matrix movies, in which computer programs are uploaded into people?s brains allowing them to instantly learn how to perform a wide variety of tasks.
The smart planet article goes on to point out that the next phase in testing will be done on primates and will eventually be tested on humans.