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­.s. Government Is Working on Making Implantable Memory Chips So We Don't Forget Anything Ever Again


Artist's representation of a brain chip.

If work being backed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency goes according to plan, we one day will be able to implant chips into our brains that will make sure we never forget anything.

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The day when chips will be implanted into people's brains so they never forget anything is quickly becoming a reality.

At a conference in September, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced scientists have tested implants in people suffering from brain injuries to improve their memory. The goal of the Restoring Active Memory (RAM) project is to restore the memory functions of soldiers returning from the battlefield with traumatic brain injuries. DARPA would need to determine how neurons in the human brain encode memories, map out those processes, and create computer models to mimic how the brain functions. The aim would be to get implantable devices to trigger those processes if neurons, or the connections between neurons, get damaged, and develop permanent, "closed-loop" systems to help with memory recall.

President Barack Obama unveiled the RAM project in 2014, and The Washington Post reported DARPA planned to spend nearly $80 million over five years developing "minimally invasive neurotechnologies that will increase the ability of the body and brain to induce healing."

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