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Imagine you can insert a memory card in your brain and go all Keanu Wow, I know Jiu-Jitsu! Reeves. It's actually not that far away: Scientists have created a chip that allows rats to instantly know things. It's amazing.
After studying the chemical interactions that allow short-term learning and memorization in rats, a group of scientists lead by Dr. Theodore Berger—from the University of South California's Viterbi School of Engineering—have built a prosthetic chip that uses electrodes to enhance and expand their memory abilities. The chip is capable of storing neural signals, basically functioning as an electronic memory, allowing rats to learn more and keep it in the devices.
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That is staggering (the rat part), if it's true.
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Hmmmm if only they had these when I was in college! ><
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I wana be a beta tester ^___^
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I can see this being finished in about 5 years when im done with grad school and on the first day, some teenager will learn everything I learned in the last 10 years instantly for a small fraction of the cost

But seriously I know this is many years from human viability but it sounds like its pretty awesome.
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Once this becomes practical to use, our technology would advance hudreds of years is just a decade or so. People would know so much and be able to apply themselves in ways that could only be dreamed of in our current order of learning and technogical use.
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Finally a cure for stupidity!
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Are we talking good rates for 4k random reads, though?
I can't find any review info on Tom's Hardware so I'm not sure what to expect here.
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Originally Posted by Maelthras View Post
Once this becomes practical to use, our technology would advance hudreds of years is just a decade or so. People would know so much and be able to apply themselves in ways that could only be dreamed of in our current order of learning and technogical use.
Or the opposite will happen, your making the assumption that the memory chips will increase the intelligence level of the host. In my opinion it could be quite the opposite, the chips will become a dependency and thwart "new thought".

People will no longer feel the need to innovate, or perhaps they might not even know how to anymore. Who knows though.
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If this becomes reality in the future, there will be torrents. (Assuming you could download knowledge onto your own chip.)
 
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