Don Song, a researcher at the University of Southern California, gave a presentation in which he described the success in the development of "neural code" and devices for its application. The technology has been tested in volunteers and could form the basis for the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. For the first time in history, scientists have understood how to influence specific types of human memory.
Two types of electrodes were implanted into the volunteers' brains: one measured the activity of thought processes, the other could stimulate the gray matter. When Song's staff did it at random, memory performance deteriorated, but as patterns were identified, the team was able to develop a specific neurocode. It is a kind of programming language for activating electrodes - the correct sequence of commands improved memory performance.
And not by the amount of statistical error, but by 15% for short-term memory and 25% for working memory. But this is not the main thing, but the very fact of the development and successful application of the neurocode - all that remains is to design a device, a chip that can generate useful programs on its own. And immediately send them to the brain, in which it will be located, like an implant.
A good, "pumped" memory is needed not only for students before exams - Bill Gates recently invested $ 100 million in research and development of means to fight dementia. Together with Alzheimer's disease, it will become one of the most pressing problems of mankind in the near future, and servicing such patients requires enormous costs. Dr. Song's technology can be invaluable in this fight.