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Researchers Design Memory-Strengthening Implant

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the i'd-like-to-order-another-two-braindimms-please dept.

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Antipater writes "Researchers at Wake Forest University have created a brain implant that can imitate signals through the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory retention. Rats implanted with the device were able to remember information even after their hippocampus was shut down, reports the New York Times. Though still in its infancy, this technology could hopefully be used to help treat dementia or stroke victims."

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Repeat after me... (2)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480012)

...Borg!

Re:Repeat after me... (1)

stormen81 (972279) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480108)

I was thinking more of a Cyborg. :)

Re:Repeat after me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480268)

Yeah and that's why you get laid and the parent doesn't.

Re:Repeat after me... (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480656)

Neither of them does. The cyborg, however...

Re:Repeat after me... (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36482742)

Borg borg borg...
(sung to the tune of the Swedish Chef muppet)

As long as I can delete stuff too (4, Interesting)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480026)

Memory is good to have, and it'd be fun to remember all sorts of things instead of having to look them up, but with Internet shock pictures, I want an option to delete stuff from memory too.

Also, is it possible to transplant this device from one rat to another, and give it fake memories? Maybe the way to see is let a rat solve a maze several times over, and then hook it up to another mouse and let it go. If that is the case, put WIFI on it, and let Rats have a communal memory bank too.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480220)

> put WIFI on it, and let Rats have a communal memory bank too.

This is how the world ends.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (1)

immakiku (777365) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480390)

And eventually we wouldn't need to spend a quarter of our life times in school.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (3, Insightful)

CrazyDuke (529195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480704)

There are differences between memory, experience, wisdom, indoctrination, and conditioning. I "know" how to drive a stick shift. I have never actually driven a stick shift. I am fairly certain that should I ever actually get stuck in a situation where I have to drive a stick without practicing first, I should upload the results to fAil Blog.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (3, Funny)

layer3switch (783864) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480804)

"I know Kung Fu."

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480816)

Depending upon your standards and tolerance for repairing the damage, driving stick isn't hard. You can always restrict yourself to first gear and barely have to worry about shifting. The tough thing is that you probably don't want to have to buy several new transmissions as you perfect your skills. Motorcycle transmissions OTOH are a lot more forgiving as they're designed so that you ride the clutch frequently.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36481430)

Here in the UK, automatic transmission is pretty rare. It is certainly very unusual for someone to learn to drive in one, as they would then be unable (and, indeed, unlicensed) to drive the vast majority of vehicles. It might make learning to drive more difficult, but you almost certainly won't wreck your transmission (let along several) whilst learning. Generally, using the wrong gear results in a stall, and messing up a gear change will result in a bit of wear and tear on the clutch and a bumpy ride.

As for driving everywhere in first gear: Perhaps US cars are geared differently, but that wouldn't work well over here, where top speed of an average car in first is usually around 30mph (or 40 if you want to red line your engine, and shout to your passengers over the sound of it tearing itself apart). It is extremely uncommon for a journey not to include stretches of road with speed limits higher than 40 miles per hour, so dawdling along in first the whole way is likely to result in some strange looks, at best.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36482076)

It's the same over here - the poster you responded to has probably never driven stick (anything other than a motorcycle, at least.)

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 3 years ago | (#36482466)

Where is here? Here in the US automatics are more common than stick by a large margin and have been for 20yrs. Unless you are traveling between cities you won't have to use anything but local streets with speed limits approaching but not passing 40mph.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36483272)

Several new transmissions?!

First (and most pedantically), rebuilt transmissions FTW.

Second, maybe passenger car and/or late-model transmissions are different, but me and my 3 siblings learned to drive in the same old truck, and although we went through about a clutch apiece, it was still running the same tranny at the end. The syncro on 2nd was a bit dodgy by that point, but even considering it worthless at that point, that's 0.25 transmissions per driver, not "several". (Not towing package or anything, just the 3-speed that came standard in a '84 C-10.)

I can't imagine how bad a learner one would have to be to wreck multiple transmissions.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36481042)

You are a naive fool. Internet shock pictures lose any power over you in seconds, unless you are such a backwards thinking individual that you cannot rationalize them. SOME PEOPLE LIKE SPREADING THEIR ASSHOLES WITH GIANT DILDOS THEN SHOWING THEM TO A CAMERA. Get over it.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (1)

Kozz (7764) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481144)

You are a naive fool. Internet shock pictures lose any power over you in seconds, unless you are such a backwards thinking individual that you cannot rationalize them. SOME PEOPLE LIKE SPREADING THEIR ASSHOLES WITH GIANT DILDOS THEN SHOWING THEM TO A CAMERA. Get over it.

If that's the extent of your shock-picture experience, I can assure you there are far, far worse. Just keep browsing slashdot at -1 and eventually you'll see all of them.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (1)

NoSig (1919688) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481380)

Far worse than the goatsx? Pics or it didn't happen!

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36482112)

http://encyclopediadramatica.ch/Pain_series [encyclopediadramatica.ch]

That should keep you busy for a while.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (1)

Thiez (1281866) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484276)

That wasn't shocking.

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481100)

good move. That way you have no memory and get to experience the shock again.

10 Girls and one cup? Sure I'll take a look.
20 Horror
30 Delete
40 Goto 10

Re:As long as I can delete stuff too (1)

crow5599 (994334) | more than 3 years ago | (#36482324)

If that is the case, put WIFI on it, and let Rats have a communal memory bank too.

So long, concept of personal identity. I always figured robots would be the ones to have a shared identity. It never occurred to me humans might too.

IN this highly competitive World. .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480028)

I'll want one to get an edge over everyone else. And I'll keep getting upgrades.

Then we'll need laws to allow poor people to afford these implants so they can be competitive too. Of course the rich will have the best ones and get their kids some when they're toddlers to beat the middle class kids in school.

Real world test milestone (1)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480044)

Can it enable me to remember where the hell I put my sunglasses?

Re:Real world test milestone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480540)

YEEEAAAAAHHH!

Re:Real world test milestone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480658)

Have you checked on your head? That's usually where they are when people lose them.

Re:Real world test milestone (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480664)

Only if you remember first where you put your memory.

Re:Real world test milestone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480940)

Yes! Everytime! That means you try and remember putting them down and recall over 100 times putting them on the dash, 200 times setting them on your desk, 50 times setting them on a table by the pool, 300 times putting them in your pocket, and finally the one time you put them on top of the car and drove off.

Re:Real world test milestone (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481108)

Can it help you say something witty before putting on your sunglasses?

YAAAAAAHHHHHH!

I have the perfect use for this! (1)

m.shenhav (948505) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480222)

...but I forgot it...

Finally it begins. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480252)

ShadowRun or Borg. One of those will be our future. Somehow.
I like both.

(yup, I wouldn't mind being a Borg drone)

as Johnny Mnemonic would say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480300)

"Hit me"

This is the first man/machine implant technology I'd actually consider going for.. assuming it'd be eventually released for general use as an "add-on"

Re:as Johnny Mnemonic would say (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480838)

I need to watch that, I've heard it's not good, but the effects looked kind of cool.

Re:as Johnny Mnemonic would say (1)

IonOtter (629215) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481318)

Seeing Keanu Reeves scream to the world, "I! WANT! ROOM SERVICE!" makes it all worth it.

Re:as Johnny Mnemonic would say (1)

cduffy (652) | more than 3 years ago | (#36482286)

My impression is thus:

If you haven't read much Gibson, then it's a mismash of half-baked ideas without the development and focus to carry it through.

If you're a Gibson fan, by contrast, the context from the books/stories/etc make the movie make a good deal of sense, and thereby into a moderately fun flick.

Great (1)

bhcompy (1877290) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480318)

Now all I need is 25 million ISK

Re:Great (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480342)

I would use my mod points, but I forgot where I put them. Darn it!

Re:Great (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481012)

It's only 2000 caps from the Followers of the Apocalypse.

Re:Great (1)

tibman (623933) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481786)

phew, that's a pricey memory implant. I'd start with +1's to make sure all is well first

Maybe now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480338)

Terry Pratchett shouldn't kill himself? The problem with making health judgments at this point in history is that there are these kinds of technologies in the near, albeit indeterminate future.

Re:Maybe now... (1)

Ricwot (632038) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481924)

He's clearly going downhill. He had a friend give his lecture on assisted suicide, and his books aren't what they used to be. Still better than I could write, but a day is coming when he won't be himself. If he wants to die before he has to face every day trapped in a mind that is no longer him, or wants to wait until he's gone and then can't do it himself, I see no reason that someone shouldn't help him.
In the UK suicide is the only act which is legal alone, but not with assistance.

Hippocampus grades for production, not retention (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480386)

I'm a neuroscientist so I have to interject regarding an inaccuracy.

The hippocampus is critical for generating declarative, conscious memory but not for retaining it. Long-term "storage" falls under the purview of parietal cortex, which as a system of neurons generally is involved with associations draw between sensory stimuli and the organism. You can teach a rat to spatially navigate to a platform to get out of a small pool (because rats hate being soaked), get them up to criterion, and then bilaterally ablate hippocampus. The rat will show a slight performance hit, but can still perform the task. However, if you move the platform elsewhere, they're now at chance.

In the context of adding DIMM to your hippocampus, you'll be able to generate new declarative memories more effectively. How well someone retains that information depends on the degree of efficacy in sending memories from hippocampus to parietal cortex.

Re:Hippocampus grades for production, not retentio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36482172)

Well, not quite. The hippocampus is more like a "hashtable". It stores the "indexices" into various parts of the brain, such as the parietal cortex, and certainly has a large role in retaining it. Systematic consolidation is certainly responsible for longer term memory in the range of years past initial formation, but by then it has also lost a lot of the fidelity.

Re:Hippocampus grades for production, not retentio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36484452)

so you think faster, but you may not learn more?

Misread it as... (1)

ark1 (873448) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480484)

"Researchers Design Mammary-Strengthening Implant" Unfortunately my brain can only make one association with the word Implant.

Rats! (1)

ISoldat53 (977164) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480532)

Great but what could a rat know that's worth remembering?

Re:Rats! (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481020)

Are you thinking what I'm thinking, Pinky?

Re:Rats! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36481168)

Well, I think so, Brain, but I can't memorize a whole opera in Yiddish

Shut it Down (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480542)

...researchers used a drug to shut down the activity of CA1. Without CA1 online, the rats could not remember which lever to push to get water.

Weed. It was weed wasn't it?

Re:Shut it Down (1)

fragfoo (2018548) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480618)

...researchers used a drug to shut down the activity of CA1. Without CA1 online, the rats could not remember which lever to push to get water.

Weed. It was weed wasn't it?

They can't remember what was it.

Good! My Scientology Implant, Which Is Evil, (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36480620)

forced me to take plasticized Dextromethorphan cough syrup ("Delsym") for fourteen days until I had a left frontal lobe hemorrhage!! AND... now my working memory is devastated! This is an even better development than the noise-cancelling implant I thought I'd need to make the first one go away. It could undo some of the damage!

No-one listened to me! I complained about my scientology head chip for eight months before that happened! Now my brain hemorrhage is eight months old and allll of you let this happen! Oh, oh, ohhhhh....

Not fake!! Thanks

Your Kindle was just obsoleted. (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480676)

Hope you didn't sink too much money into books in e-reader form.

Because you're just going to buy them again in e-recaller form.

Too much memory? (2)

itsenrique (846636) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480700)

I once read an anecdote about a person who could not forget to the point that it basically drove them insane. Having vivid memory of happy or otherwise useful experiences seems great to me, but imagine being unable to forget gritty details as well. You see some especially disturbing violence for example, and you are more likely to experience a cluster of symptoms known as PTSD. Imagine cues that trigger sad thoughts about a loss (death, breakup, etc) always triggering a full on PTSD-style reliving of the event. As I understand, we "forget", or are unable to access a lot of things we "remember". Would a constantly juiced hippocampus dispose you splitting, compartmentalization, and other phenomenon related to "detachment" from psychological stress? Certainly good science, and I can see a huge potential benefit, on the other hand, something like this really opens up a can of worms.

Re:Too much memory? (1)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480818)

but imagine being unable to forget gritty details as well.

For people that just don't care, that wouldn't matter (as in, people that aren't easily saddened or angered or people that don't feel emotions). I'd like to remember everything ("bad" things included).

Re:Too much memory? (3, Interesting)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480896)

PTSD is more about being unable to leave the memories, pretty much anything you spend that much time thinking about is going to stick. If you repeated think about a specific page out of the phonebook over and over and over again all day long, you'll store that information indefinitely. It's not likely to be of any use, but if you concentrate on in long enough for enough iterations that will be with you permanently.

It's probably more closely related to the problems of schizophrenia, one of the hypothesis surrounding it is that it's caused by hyperlearning and an eidetic memory. I'm not sure ultimately what the verdict will be when all is said and done, but if you look at the symptoms, it wouldn't be surprising. Folks that are overwhelmed by information overload tend to have trouble sorting and assembling information in meaningful ways.

Re:Too much memory? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36488010)

If you repeated think about a specific page out of the phonebook over and over and over again all day long, you'll store that information indefinitely. It's not likely to be of any use, but if you concentrate on in long enough for enough iterations that will be with you permanently

Oh man - how excited are you going to be the one day that it actually DOES come in to use...

Good! My Scientology Brain Implant, Which Is Evil, (1)

brilanon (1121645) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480862)

forced me to take plasticized Dextromethorphan cough syrup ("Delsym") for fourteen days until I had a left frontal lobe hemorrhage!! AND... now my working memory is devastated! This is an even better development than the noise-cancelling implant I thought I'd need to make the first one go away. It could undo some of the damage!

No-one listened to me! I complained about my scientology head chip for eight months before that happened! Now my brain hemorrhage is eight months old and allll of you let this happen! Oh, oh, ohhhhh....

Not fake, OK? Thanks :D

And what information do they remember? (1)

Slicebo (221580) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480864)

"My hippocampus hurts!"

Grr! My Scientology Brain Implant, Which Is Evil, (-1, Redundant)

brilanon (1121645) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480876)

grr

forced me to take plasticized Dextromethorphan cough syrup ("Delsym") for fourteen days until I had a left frontal lobe hemorrhage!! THEY USED IT TO BLOW UP MY BRAIN. AND... now my working memory is devastated! This Memory Enhancing Implant is an even better development than the noise-cancelling implant I thought I'd need to make the first one go away. It could undo some of the damage! Ohhh

No-one listened to me! I complained about my scientology head chip for eight months before that happened! Now my brain hemorrhage is eight months old and allll of you let this happen! Oh, oh, ohhhhh....

Not fake, OK? Thanks >I >/ >3 :333

But Still (1)

brilanon (1121645) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481182)

To be clear, I'm glad this new thing exists.

Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering? (1)

JohnRoss1968 (574825) | more than 3 years ago | (#36480900)

"I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find a duck and a hose at this hour?"
"I think so, but where will we find an open tattoo parlor at this time of night?"
"Wuh, I think so, Brain, but if we didn't have ears, we'd look like weasels."
"Uh... yeah, Brain, but where are we going to find rubber pants our size?"
"Uh, I think so, Brain, but balancing a family and a career ... ooh, it's all too much for me."
"Wuh, I think so, Brain, but isn't Regis Philbin already married?"
"Wuh, I think so, Brain, but burlap chafes me so."
"Sure, Brain, but how are we going to find chaps our size?"
"Uh, I think so, Brain, but we'll never get a monkey to use dental floss."
"Are you pondering cheesesticks?"
"Uh, I think so Brain, but this time, you wear the tutu."
"I think so, Brain, but culottes have a tendency to ride up so."
"I think so, Brain, but if we covered the world in salad dressing wouldn't the aspargus feel left out?"
"I think so, Brain, but if they called them 'Sad Meals', kids wouldn't buy them!"
"I think so, Brain, but me and Pippi Longstocking -- I mean, what would the children look like?"
"I think so, Brain, but what would Pippi Longstocking look like with her hair straight?"
"I think so, Brain, but this time you put the trousers on the chimp."
"Well, I think so, Brain, but I can't memorize a whole opera in Yiddish."
"I think so, Brain, but there's still a bug stuck in here from last time."
"Uh, I think so, Brain, but I get all clammy inside the tent."
"I think so, Brain, but I don't think Kaye Ballard's in the union."
"Yes, I am!"
"I think so, Brain, but, the Rockettes? I mean, it's mostly girls, isn't it?"
"I think so, Brain, but pants with horizontal stripes make me look chubby."
"Well, I think so -POIT- but where do you stick the feather and call it macaroni?"
"Well, I think so, Brain, but pantyhose are so uncomfortable in the summertime."
"Well, I think so, Brain, but it's a miracle that this one grew back."
"Well, I think so, Brain, but first you'd have to take that whole bridge apart, wouldn't you?"
"Well, I think so, Brain, but 'apply North Pole' to what?"
"I think so, Brain, but 'Snowball for Windows'?"
"Well, I think so, Brain, but snort no, no, it's too stupid!"
"Umm, I think so, Don Cerebro, but, umm, why would Sophia Loren do a musical?"
"Umm, I think so, Brain, but what if the chicken won't wear the nylons?"
"I think so, Brain, but isn't that why they invented tube socks?"
"Well, I think so Brain, but what if we stick to the seat covers?"
"I think so Brain, but if you replace the 'P' with an 'O', my name would be Oinky, wouldn't it?"
"Oooh, I think so Brain, but I think I'd rather eat the Macarena."
"Well, I think so hiccup, but Kevin Costner with an English accent?"
"I think so, Brain, but don't you need a swimming pool to play Marco Polo?"
"Well, I think so, Brain, but do I really need two tongues?"
"I think so, Brain, but we're already naked."
Brain: We eat the box?
"Well, I think so, Brain, but if Jimmy cracks corn, and no one cares, why does he keep doing it?"
"I think so, Brain NARF, but don't camels spit a lot?"
"I think so, Brain, but how will we get a pair of Abe Vigoda's pants?"
"I think so, Brain, but Pete Rose? I mean, can we trust him?"
"I think so, Brain, but why would Peter Bogdanovich?"
"I think so, Brain, but isn't a cucumber that small called a gherkin?"
"I think so, Brain, but if we get Sam Spade, we'll never have any puppies."
"I think so, Larry, and um, Brain, but how can we get seven dwarves to shave their legs?"
"I think so, Brain, but calling it pu-pu platter? Huh, what were they thinking?"
"I think so, Brain, but how will we get the Spice Girls into the paella?"
"I think so, Brain, but if we give peas a chance, won't the lima beans feel left out?"
"I think so, Brain, but I am running for mayor of Donkeytown and Tuesdays are booked." From an early Kids' WB intro.
"I think so, Brain, but if we had a snowmobile, wouldn't it melt before summer?"
"I think so, Brain, but what kind of rides do they have in Fabioland?"
"I think so, Brain, but can the Gummi Worms really live in peace with the Marshmallow Chicks?"
"Wuh, I think so, Brain, but wouldn't anything lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?"
"I think so, Brain, but three round meals a day wouldn't be as hard to swallow."
"I think so, Brain, but if the plural of mouse is mice, wouldn't the plural of spouse be spice?"
"Umm, I think so, Brain, but three men in a tub? Ooh, that's unsanitary!"
"Yes, but why does the chicken cross the road, huh, if not for love? I do not know."
"Wuh, I think so, Brain, but I prefer Space Jelly."
"Yes Brain, but if our knees bent the other way, how would we ride a bicycle?"
"Wuh, I think so, Brain, but how will we get three pink flamingos into one pair of Capri pants?"
Snowball: "Oh Brain, I certainly hope so."
"I think so, Brain, but Tuesday Weld isn't a complete sentence."
"I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want to see Snow White and the Seven Samurai?"
Pinky: I think so, Brain, but then my name would be Thumby.
Brain: In a perfect world, your name would be Dummy!
"I think so, Brain, but I find scratching just makes it worse."
"I think so, Brain, but shouldn't the bat boy be wearing a cape?"
"I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want a depressed tongue?"
"Um, I think so, Brainie, but why would anyone want to Pierce Brosnan?"
"Methinks so, Brain, verily, but dost thou think Pete Rose by any other name would still smell as sweaty?"
"I think so, Brain, but wouldn't his movies be more suitable for children if he was named Jean-Claude van Darn?"
"Wuh, I think so, Brain, but will they let the Cranberry Duchess stay in the Lincoln Bedroom?"
"I think so, Brain, but why does a forklift have to be so big if all it does is lift forks?"
"I think so, Brain, but if it was only supposed to be a three hour tour, why did the Howells bring all their money?"
"I think so, Brain, but Zero Mostel times anything will still give you Zero Mostel."
"I think so, Brain, but if we have nothing to fear but fear itself, why does Eleanor Roosevelt wear that spooky mask?"
"I think so, Brain, but what if the hippopotamus won't wear the beach thong?"
"Um, I think so, Brain-2, but a show about two talking lab mice? Hoo! It'll never get on the air."
"I think so, Brain, but Lederhosen won't stretch that far."
"Yeah, but I thought Madonna already had a steady bloke!"
"I think so, Brain, but what would goats be doing in red leather turbans?"
"I think so, Brain... but how would we ever determine Sandra Bullock's shoe size?"
"Yes, Brain, I think so. But how do we get Twiggy to pose with an electric goose?"
Pinky: I think so, Brain. But if I put on two tutu's, would I really be wearing a four-by-four?
Brain: Why do I even bother asking?
Pinky: I dunno, Brain. Maybe it's all part of some huge, cosmic plot formula!
"I think so, Brain, but wouldn't mustard make it sting?"
"I think so, Brain, but can you use the word 'asphalt' in polite society?"
Pinky: I think so, Brain! (Sprays his breath)
Brain: Er... then again, let's not let our enthusiasm overwhelm us!
"I think so, Mr. Brain, but if the sun'll come out tomorrow, what's it doing right now?"
"I think so, Brain, but aren't we out of shaving cream?"
"Oh yes, Brain! Remind me to tape all our phone calls!"
"Um, I think so, Brain, but I hear Hillary is the jealous type."
"I think so, Brain, but Madonna's stock is sinking."
"I think so, Brain. But does 'Chunk o' Cheesy's' deliver packing material?"
"I think so, Brainwulf, but if we're Danish, where's the cream cheese? Narf!"
"I think so, Bwain, but I don't think newspaper will fit in my underoos."
"Uh, I think so, Brain--but after eating newspaper all day, do I really need the extra fiber?"
"I think so, Brain! But isn't a dreadlock hair extension awfully expensive?"
"I think so, Brain. But will anyone other than Eskimos buy blubber-flavored chewing gum?"
"I think so, Brain, but the ointment expired weeks ago!"
"I think so, Brain. But would the villains really have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those pesky kids and their dog?"
"Uh, I think so Brain, but how are we gonna teach a goat to dance with flippers on?"
"Wuhh... I think so, Brain! But let's use safflower oil this time! It's ever so much healthier!"
"Wuh... I think so, Brain. But Cream of Gorilla Soup—well, we'd have to sell it in awfully big cans, wouldn't we?"
"I think so, Brain. But if he left chocolate bullets instead of silver, they'd get all runny and gooey!"
"Yes, Brain, I think so, but do nuts go with pudding?"
"I think so, Brain, but a codpiece made from a real fish would get smelly after a while, wouldn’t it?"
"I think... so, Brain... *gag* ...but I didn't know Annette used peanut butter in that way."
"I think so, Brain, but do those roost in this neighborhood?"
"I think so, Brain, but is the world ready for angora bellbottoms? I mean I can see wearing them inside out, but that would--"
"I think so, Commander Brain from Outer Space! But do we have time to grease the rockets?"
"I think so, Doctor. But are these really the legs of a show girl?"
"Whuh... I think so, Brain. But this time I get to play the dishwasher repairman!"
"I think so, Brainius. But what if a sudden wind were to blow up my toga?"
"I think so, Brain. But Trojans won’t arrive on the scene for another 300 years."
"I think so, Brain... but where would a yak put PVC tubing?"
"Whuh... I think so, Brain, but... but if Charlton Heston doesn't eat Soylent Green, what will he eat?"
Pinky: (talking to his reflection in the mirror) Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky's Reflection: Why, yes, Pinky! Yes, I am! But where would you get a chicken, 20 yards of spandex and smelling salts at this hour?
"I think so, Brain, but Ben Vereen never answered our proposition."
"I think so, Brain, but wouldn't an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie, yellow polka-dot one-piece be better suited for my figure?"
"I think so, Brain, but won't it go straight to my hips?!"
"I think so, Ali-Brain! But isn't it cheating to use glue?"
"Whuu... I think so, BrainPan! But if running shoes had little feet, wouldn't they need their own shoes?"
"I think so, Brain. But what if the Earl of Essex doesn't like burlap pantaloons?"
"I think so, Brain, but should we use dishwashing liquid or cooking oil?"
Pinky: I think so, Brain! We'll dress up like biker dudes and infiltrate the "Hades Ladies." Then we'll convince them to hold a meeting inside the corn palace. Narf! The resulting carbon-monoxide buildup will allow you to complete your energy-making device and shortly after, you will rule the world!
Brain: Actually, I was thinking of calling the police. But I like your idea better!
Pinky: I’m honored, Brain... er, what was my idea again?
Pinky: (holding one of the pointy pieces from Sorry! and the bottle of Slick 'n Slide) I think so, Br...
Brain: [shuts Pinky's mouth] No, on second thought, don’t tell me... I don't think they allow that in a book with the Comics Code.
"I think so, Brain, but would Danish flies work just as well?"
"We think so, Brain! But dressing like twins is so tacky."
"I think so, Brain, but practicing docking procedures with a goat at zero G's—it's never been done!"
"I think so, Brain! But shouldn't we let the silk worms finish the boxer shorts before we put them on?"
"I think so, Brain! You draw the bath and I'll fetch the alka-seltzers and candles!"
"I think so, Brain. But the real trick will be getting Demi Moore out of the creamed corn!"
"Wuhhh... I think so, Brain, but if a ham can operate a radio, why can't a pig set a VCR?"
"I think so, Brain, you'd think [Lyndon Johnson would] have left room for baby-kissing, wouldn't you?"
"I think so, Brain! But won't Mr. Hoover notice a missing evening gown?"
"I think so, Brain! But what's the use of having a heart-shaped tattoo if it's going to be covered by hair?"
[Snowball has used his Visual Transmogrifier to make himself look like Brain and has encased an iron mask on Brain's head, claiming him to be his (Brain's) visiting cousin, Clement.]
Snowball/Brain: Listen, Pinky--Clement's a little tired. Let's go take over the world while he rests.
Pinky: Sure, Brain--but aren't you going to ask me somethin'?
Snowball/Brain: Eh? Ask you what?
Pinky: You know, "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
Snowball/Brain: That depends, what are you pondering?
Pinky: Me? Well, actually, I was pondering which was more exciting, hand or foot pumps. Narf!
Snowball/Brain: I see...no, I wasn't pondering that...
Pinky: Um...
Snowball/Brain: Does that answer your question?
Pinky: Which question?
Snowball/Brain: [visibly annoyed] Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: I think so, Brain! But I can't decide which is more exciting...
Snowball/Brain: Hand or foot pumps, narf! Yes, you said that already!
Pinky: Oh... right... Poit!
"I think so, Brain, but couldn't the constant use of a henna rinse lead to premature baldness?"
"I think so, Brain. Just make sure we don't swallow each other's bubbles!"
"I think so, Brain! But ruby-studded stockings would be mighty uncomfortable wouldn't they?"
"I think so, Brain, but if I have my portrait drawn, will we have time to make it to the lifeboats?"
"I think so, Brain! But is Chippendale's ready for 'The Full Pinky?'"
Snowball: Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Brain?
Brain: There's a 99.7% probability that I am, Snowball!
"I think so, Brain! But do I have what it take to be the 'Lord of the Dance'?"
"I think so, Brain! How much deeper would the ocean be if there weren't sponges down there?"
"Oh, I think so, Brain! But doing a clog dance in actual clogs will give me awful blisters."
"I think so, Brain, but nose rings are kinda passé by now."
"I think so, Brain, but where are we going to get a trained octopus at this time of night?"
"I think so, Brain! But no more eels in jelly for me, thanks—I like my gelatin after lunch."
"I think so, Brain, but I didn’t know 90210 was a real zip code! Will Tori be there?"
Pinky: Narf! I think so, Brain, but what if the Telechubbies don't fight fair?
Elmyra: Ewwww, that would be bad!
"I think so, Brain. But even if we found a tuxedo to fit a blowfish, who would marry it?"
"Um, no, Cranky Mouseykin, not even in the story you made up."
"I think so, but where is a fish?"
Brain: "You pondering what I'm pondering?" I asked Pinky on the sly. "Well, I think so, Brain," he muttered. "But my feet taste better buttered." Then I grimaced and I shuddered at his typical reply.
"I think so, Brain. But if Pinocchio were carved out of bacon it wouldn't be the same story, would it?"
"Um, I think so, Brain, but wasn't Dicky Ducky released on his own recognaissance?"
"I think so, Brain, but Pepper Ann makes me sneeze."
"I think so, Brain. But suppose we do the hokey pokey and turn ourselves around, is that what it's really all about?"
(sung) "I think so, Brain, but just how will we get the weasel to hold still?"
"I think so, Brain, but how are we going to get the bacon flavoring into the pencils?"
"I think so, Brain, but instant karma's always so lumpy."
[Upon looking for safe passage through colonial India...]
Pinky: Well, I think so, Brain, but... no, it's too stupid.
Brain: We shall disguise ourselves as a cow!
Pinky: Narf, Brain! That was it exactly!
[Unused one]
Pinky: I think so, Brain, but she'd never leave Mickey.
Brain: I thought we agreed never to discuss that!

Sorry But I had to.......

Singularity (1)

SixDimensionalArray (604334) | more than 3 years ago | (#36481374)

Did anybody else read this and think of the singularity? I sure did.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity [wikipedia.org]

SixD

Re:Singularity (1)

hexagonc (1986422) | more than 3 years ago | (#36484420)

I sure did. But I was thinking more in terms of transhumanism and brain uploading, which isn't mentioned in the wikipedia article (perhaps, I should edit it). One of the key requirements for brain uploading is functionalism [wikipedia.org] , and I think the original New York Times article presents evidence that this is possible. It shows that when one brain region communicates with another, all it cares about are gross inputs and outputs. Thus, if you replace one brain region with a computer that can produce the same outputs, the other one doesn't care. If you could gradually replace all important modules of the brain with software/hardware that is functionally equivalent, then you would be essentially uploading someone's brain. You don't need the biology at all, just the functions. Demonstrating that this works for memory is important since memory is one of the key components of consciousness. This is in stark contrast to the Penrose-types that believe that there are some spooky quantum mechanical effects that are essential to the human mind.

Rodent overlords (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36482060)

Hook that device up to the internet over wireless for real fun.

Great... (1)

jameslong06 (2278696) | more than 3 years ago | (#36482140)

I have to have a stroke to get one of these?

There's an app for that (1)

giorgist (1208992) | more than 3 years ago | (#36482186)

That is what I use my Android phone for. I have post-it notes under the term buy, movie , song and so more. When I come across something I would like to remember ... I just plug it in ...

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36482630)

Dementia? Can I enlist my ex?

Oh, no, marriage is gonna suck now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36482664)

Oh, no! Now men won't be able to forget what was on the grocery list, directions to anywhere, and their wedding anniversaries! What is the world coming to? We are going to remember everything was our fault, too. Write your congressman!

Awesome (1)

SheridanR (2040452) | more than 3 years ago | (#36485012)

I can remember where I put my wallet with this.

F**king incredible?!?! (1)

omfglearntoplay (1163771) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517724)

This blows my mind. A good thing an implant can fix that.

Wikipedia Implant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36537092)

Let me know when I can get an encylcopedic implant please. I'll be first in line.

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