Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Scientists Store Data on Nerve Cells

Yes, this brings us closer to cybernetic enhancements that let us know things without learning them. Yes, this brings us closer to the apocalypse predicted in the Terminator movies. Yes, this is bad news for the memory supplement industry, too.

Over in Israel, scientists have managed to “taught new firing patterns to a network of neurons by targeting specific points of the network with a chemical called picrotoxin,”
reports New Scientist.

Now, the article doesn’t get into the danger of mankind being overthrown by an army of invincible cyborgs, but it does hint that the new technology may be “useful for monitoring biological systems like the brain and blood.”

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