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Data Stored in Live Neurons

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the literal-wetware dept.

Hardware Hacking 100

Light Licker writes "Israeli researchers have created artificial memories for the first time — in a tangle of neurons growing in the lab. Using a specific chemical they could add to the pattern of impulses in a network of the nerve cells. 'Many believe that complex patterns of neuronal firing are templates for memory, which the brain uses when storing information. Imprinting such "memories" on artificial neural networks provides a potential way to develop cyborg chips, says Ben-Jacob. These would be useful for monitoring biological systems like the brain and blood since, being human, they would respond to the same chemicals.' The new pattern lasted two days — good enough for biological RAM?"

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Obligatory (3, Funny)

Evets (629327) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449203)

I for one welcome our neuronal impulse driven overlords.

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449337)

Since when is obligatory a synonym for stale and unfunny?

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19451905)

Since /. got entered into web dictionaries.

Re:Obligatory (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449483)

> I for one welcome our neuronal impulse driven overlords.

That definition seems also include me (average mammal walking on hindlegs without slashdot account)?

Re:Obligatory (1)

ijakings (982830) | more than 7 years ago | (#19451683)

I think that was the point... Some people read into things too much, others dont read into them enough. I think (Well hope actually, else I could of modded it redundant) that the Parent was specifically making that joke, since we are all neurone impulse driven.

But officer (3, Funny)

eggman9713 (714915) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449223)

I don't smoke weed, I don't know how that got in my car. How many of us have been in such a situation? Now with little biotech magic, you can calmly and confidently (not to mention truthfully) say that the munchkins did it.

Minor problem (4, Insightful)

Zironic (1112127) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449227)

Then there's just the minor problem of figuring out what pattern means what. Personally I think I prefer the idea of connecting people to external computerized memory then messing with the neural one. Brainwashing anyone?

Re:Minor problem (2, Interesting)

andydread (758754) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450169)

Another problem? TFA said the neurons will react like humans. Humans try to forget memories they don't like What if lab brain (the collection of neurons) decide that it doesn't like the memories that have been "washed" on to it.

Re:Minor problem (1)

VagaStorm (691999) | more than 7 years ago | (#19451171)

How long til they can read the last thoughts of murder victims?

Re:Minor problem (1)

oldwarrior (463580) | more than 7 years ago | (#19464693)

How many ways can neurons encode "Oh $^&%!".

Brainwashing? (1)

Kensai7 (1005287) | more than 7 years ago | (#19452487)

Depends on what you mean by "brainwashing".

A data storage system based on live neurons doesn't necessarily mean you'll become the automaton of an evil 1984 society. Film-based sci-fi cyborg scenarios are way beyond reach for the time being. Using the term 'cyborg' sensu strictu at the moment implies a hybrid neuroelectronic system for health monitoring purposes.

Initial practical applications of the breakthrough are noted at the bottom of the article: These would be useful for monitoring biological systems like the brain and blood since, being human, they would respond to the same chemicals.

In theory yes, it could "brainwash"... for example if the neurochip finds impurities or toxins in the brain's liquor!

Re:Minor problem (1)

h2g2bob (948006) | more than 7 years ago | (#19453975)

Pfft. Everyone loves brainwashing. Or they will do.

Thanks for the memories... (3, Funny)

kcbrown (7426) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449239)

The new pattern lasted two days -- good enough for biological RAM?

Yeah, I'd say so...I can't remember anything for more than a few minutes, let alone two whole days!

What day did you say it is again?

Re:Thanks for the memories... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449451)

Hi, I'm Tom!

Yes, but (0)

LittleBigScript (618162) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449255)

Can it run linux?

Re:Yes, but (1)

Xogede (1064902) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449425)

"The new pattern lasted two days"

Sorry...

Re:Yes, but (5, Funny)

revengebomber (1080189) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449437)

"The new pattern lasted two days"

Sorry...
Well, it's more uptime than a Windows system.

Re:Yes, but (1)

gemada (974357) | more than 7 years ago | (#19454977)

and probably easier to configure than a linux system.

Re:Yes, but (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19455565)

"The new pattern lasted two days"

Sorry...
Well, it's more uptime than a Windows system.


That would clash with the fact I forgot where my power switch is.

Re:Yes, but (1)

Jules Mercuri (921249) | more than 7 years ago | (#19455603)

C:\Documents and Settings\********>systeminfo | find "Up Time"
System Up Time: 32 Days, 6 Hours, 29 Minutes, 24 Seconds


Not too bad, if I do say so myself.

Re:Yes, but (1)

TheWanderingHermit (513872) | more than 7 years ago | (#19451121)

No, it can't run Linux, but when it was announced the new memories included of a few verses of an old Barry Manilow song, the RIAA file suit against the neurons for memory sharing.

Re:Yes, but (1, Funny)

DeadChobi (740395) | more than 7 years ago | (#19454047)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these!

"Israeli researchers have..." (-1, Troll)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449257)

and then i lost interest. someone please name a single one of these bogus israeli ventures that's produced something that's in use today.

Re:"Israeli researchers have..." (0, Offtopic)

holywarrior21c (933929) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449313)

radar that detects stealth fighters and package tour to Jerusalem?

Re:"Israeli researchers have..." (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449369)

ICQ
PHP
RSA (in use, right?)
USB flash storage devices (see M-Systems)
Water sprinklers
Cherry tomatoes
Epilady hair remover
Many, many new medicines (see Teva)
Various kinds of defense weapons

Should I go on?

Re:"Israeli researchers have..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19454241)

no, go back to your pork schnitzel, shlomo! fyi: M-systems did not invent Flash, nor USb keys is that a such a great invention? ditto for ICQ. various kinds of defense weapons.. lame! OK, I'll bite, Brits, Americans and Germans invented everything else, so what!

Re:"Israeli researchers have..." (-1, Troll)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449567)

let me guess i got -1 troll because your a fucking jew?

Re:"Israeli researchers have..." (1)

NobleSavage (582615) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449719)

LMAO

close application will be (0)

holywarrior21c (933929) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449261)


the use of RFID to tramit data to the neurons from the brain and not only to transmit but to recieve it thus it is setting on and off the neuron ends. also this article says that it also allows one to fake the armageddon....what? someone explain that?
http://salvationrevelation.com/memory-informatio n-can-be-stored-in-live-neurons-false-memories-and -rfid/

Re:close application will be (-1, Flamebait)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449273)

here's a hit - it's fake, they just want some venture capital bozo's to swollow there' nonsense.

Re:close application will be (0, Troll)

holywarrior21c (933929) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449287)


agreed...then the close application of this new technology will be star wars VI: The fake armegeddon that fooled jedi master.

A billion years too late (1, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449299)

We call them brains and I'm sure Mother Nature took out a patent on them.

Re:A billion years too late (1)

Nappa48 (1041188) | more than 7 years ago | (#19457161)

Screw Mother Nature, that bitch is a total patent whore! She abuses patents almost as bad as the US does.

Re:A billion years too late (1)

kalirion (728907) | more than 7 years ago | (#19466441)

I doubt it, Lord Xenu has prior art.

Tested on Palestinian prisoners? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449343)

Another attempt to make the Palstinians "forget" the whole thing?

new implants for my eye's nerve ends (1)

holywarrior21c (933929) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449361)

x-rays and night vision for my eye?

FYI (1)

louzer (1006689) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449407)

Picrotoxin, a poisonous crystalline plant alkaloid that kills living things with brains was used to make neurons fire in a specific pattern. BTW, Is it true that developments in neuroscience are mostly hype and at snails pace?

Re:FYI (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449549)

certainly this one is. adding a pattern of spike trains to those being output by a randomly colonized set of in vitro neuronal cells has the same relationship to actual biological memory as adding static to an SMB network, aka none,

Re:FYI (4, Informative)

Metasquares (555685) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449887)

Yes and no. Individual improvements tend to be incremental because everyone wants to get a lot of stuff published (this applies to about all of science nowadays). On the other hand, there still are the occasional breakthroughs, and overall the field is moving fairly rapidly. The research tends to sound really interesting, which leads to "hype" when the news agencies attempt to translate the messages in publications for the general public. The papers themselves (and papers in general, really) tend to be cautiously optimistic, citing potential problems, limitations, and improvements for the research in the conclusion.

Pain (4, Interesting)

Ignis Flatus (689403) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449413)

taught new firing patterns to a network of neurons by targeting specific points of the network with a chemical called picrotoxin. The new patterns lasted for up to two days without harming the pre-existing firing patterns
or maybe they just caused an injury to the network that took 2 days to heal

Re:Pain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449529)

An injury that didn't harm pre-existing firing patterns? That kind of 'injury' doesn't sound so bad, does it.

LIke a read-only memory (2, Informative)

mangu (126918) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450161)

maybe they just caused an injury to the network that took 2 days to heal


You used a word with negative connotations, but that's how many electronic memory devices work. They start with a full set of connections and are programmed by deleting all the unwanted connections.


In old-style PROMs (programmable read-only memories) the connections were metallic fuses that were burned by a pulse of current. Then came EPROMs (eraseable programmable read-only memories) where the connections could be restored by bathing the chip in ultraviolet radiation for 20 minutes. Today we have many kinds of EEPROMs (electrically eraseable programmable read-only memories) where the connections can be restored by sending commands to the chip.


Anyhow, the programming for each of those chips has always been done by breaking links, that is by "injuring" the chip.

RIAA (5, Funny)

revengebomber (1080189) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449423)

Shit, now the MAFIAA can sue me for remembering something, since it can be recovered two days later.

I tried this experiment... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449465)

...once.
The mold in the refrigerator hasn't shut up since. Stupid mold.

Storage? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449499)

Does that mean i can use my girlfriend as an external storage?

Re:Storage? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449545)

Not that much room left there - I've got her mouth packed full of jism.

i hope she doesnt... (1)

h3rb3v0r3 (1113391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449735)

suffer a core dump....

or worse

have a seg fault

and if you overcome those difficulties and it actually works for you, i'd like some advise as i'd might consider thinking of setting up a RAID array, but i have concerns regarding the upkeep requirements with regards to the communication network that was available, your advice? :)

Re:i hope she doesnt... (1)

Nappa48 (1041188) | more than 7 years ago | (#19457387)

Nah man, setting up a RAID GF isn't the best idea, they'd need to be seperated by a pretty large distance, defeating any purpose really.
Having one GF is bad enough, you're talking 2 GFs in close-proximity?? Are you CRAZY? Thats like blowing up a nuke with another nuke...attached to your head by a strap!

You... (1)

larpon (974081) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450165)

You have a girlfriend?

Re:Storage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19450193)

Could be dependancy issues.

Re:Storage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19452021)

Only if you have the right adapter.

Re:Storage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19452827)

even better, you can use that hooker as external storage too! cheaper too, and probably a better warrenty. tho it'll come loaded with a lot of apps you probably didn't want...

Well, no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19463561)

This only works on things that have a brain (or other similar arrangement of neurons)

First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (5, Interesting)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449573)

And quite pertinent, too.

On a very much related tangent, I hope this sort of research will lead to better interfaces between electronic "input devices" like digital cameras and microphones, and the brain itself. That would greatly improve the condition of blind and deaf people.

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449631)

or re-transmit nerve impulses past damaged nerve endings that have been damaged.

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (1)

DeadChobi (740395) | more than 7 years ago | (#19454083)

Sir, I work for the department of redundancy department, and I'm going to have to tell you that I have to ask you that you need to walk over here and come with me to talk about my questions about your damaged nerve endings that have been damaged.

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (1)

Eccles (932) | more than 7 years ago | (#19455163)

Sir, I work for the department of redundancy department

Which one?

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (4, Interesting)

wframe9109 (899486) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449837)

When early man first discovered that a wheel could roll down a hill, how much closer did it bring them to modern day technology used in cars?

Answer: Not very, if at all.

I invite you to sit in on a class discussing this topic (memory); we know so little it's almost entertaining.

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (1)

kohaku (797652) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450275)

the GP still has a valid point; after all one doesn't have to understand the inner workings of the brain, merely how to 'interface' with them. For example, an electronic eye would only have to know what impulses to send to the brain along the optic nerve. Then again, I may have misinterpreted the GP's post :)

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (2, Insightful)

slashdotmsiriv (922939) | more than 7 years ago | (#19451603)

"When early man first discovered that a wheel could roll down a hill, how much closer did it bring them to modern day technology used in cars?"

When the early 20th century man first discovered controlled flight, how much closer did it bring them to the Boeing 747's and the Apollo program?
When early 20th century man first discovered computational models, how much closer did it bring them to .... and so on ...

Your argument is invalid

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19453045)

Goodness I've forgotten my password (This is the guy who's argument is apparently invalid).

I tried to use an analogy that people without a background in neuroscience would have an easier time understanding. Do you realize how young neuroscience is? Do you realize how little we know about brain, and more specifically, memory? Sure, we have some basic ideas and theories, but if you take a class on this topic, you would realize that we really have next to no idea whats going on.

Did I get across the sillyness of taking this study or the utilization of the word "cyborg" as an indication of advancement in the field? I think so...

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (1)

quakehead3 (988738) | more than 7 years ago | (#19461819)

>Your argument is invalid

Welcome to Slashdot!

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (1)

eyloni (1052788) | more than 7 years ago | (#19456103)

-- we know so little it's almost entertaining. As is evident by the lack of interesting posts on this topic... including this one.

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (1)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449877)

Bit far off, no? They just managed to use chemical compounds to control neuron firing patters on some isolated cells. [typical slashdot skepticism coming] They probably can't even control the patterns they imprinted.

Also, how the hell can you connect the camera to the "wetware" inside the brain(Zonk's word, never heard the term wetware before)? Wireless power? Ouch.

On a sidenote:they say they used "picrotoxin". It has the "toxin" in it. Is that a nice thing?
 

Re:First non-SF use for the word "cyborg"? (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450913)

Zonk's word, never heard the term wetware before

Kids today. Don't you read the classics [amazon.com] in school anymore?

Improved study method? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449601)

Just load programs ala matrix style?

If thats so, give me black belt knowledge in lots of martials arts, skill in every weapon, and some of that ninja magic shit, cause them pirates have got a thing to answer for!

Re:Improved study method? (4, Funny)

Ino (68074) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450081)

You can almost see Neo:
    - Wow, I know sendmail now!
Morpheus: - Show me.

And then the PFY calling the others:
Morpheus is spamming Neo...

QMail - on the other hand....

Ino!~

Re:Improved study method? (1)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 7 years ago | (#19453703)

What type of ninja needs that to defeat a pirate? Just wail on your guitar and wait for them to blow up.

Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19449661)

Maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger really has been to Mars?

Now I need a USB cable for my brain (1)

bl8n8r (649187) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449675)

I could use it as a big jump drive.

Re:Now I need a USB cable for my brain (1)

It'sYerMam (762418) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450327)

I can't wait to be able to grep for where I left my keys.

Re:Now I need a USB cable for my brain (1)

NanoGradStudent (878951) | more than 7 years ago | (#19453037)

Man, this post has been up how long without a reference to Johnny Mnemonic? (the short story [wikipedia.org] by William Gibson and then film [wikipedia.org] starring Keanu Reeves).

Well, I for one welcome our new data trafficking, USB-port toting overlords!

Re:Now I need a USB cable for my brain (1)

emurphy42 (631808) | more than 7 years ago | (#19472349)

Ahem. [slashdot.org] :)

Hardware? (1)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449893)

Why is this under hardware? We may not have a wetware section, but surely this is a science article.

Now, this story relates a neat hack. They were able to account for the background of spontaneous firing and find their signal amid the noise. Very clever. Can't say as I see it being good for much other than having shown it can be done and supporting the Hebbian neural network theory. But then, science is about finding stuff out. This they did. Even if nothing practical comes of it, it's a win for the science team.

Operational Requirements (1)

LamboAlpha (840950) | more than 7 years ago | (#19449933)

Don't tell me in addition to electricity, my computer is now going to need fool/water supply and I am also going to have to take care of a liquid/solid waste.

Re:Operational Requirements (1)

WNivek (839434) | more than 7 years ago | (#19451019)

my computer is now going to need fool
doesn't it already have one?

Re:Operational Requirements (1)

DanJ_UK (980165) | more than 7 years ago | (#19451063)

To be fair you'd save a fair amount of money if you could power your PC on those cheapo nasty protein shakes from your local corner shop. Mac's would obviously require something more expensive and classy though, something organic, maybe? Or perhaps a Beluga Caviare...?

I see this having severe repercussions; SuperGeeks(TM) across the entire Globe will start showing signs of social anxiety, possibly leading to further psychological trauma, as soon as the day comes when they're forced to say their goodbyes to their traditional, obsolete, semiconductor companions in favour of their exciting new biological replacements.

There's got to be at least two, "I, for one..." lines there.

Re:Operational Requirements (1)

eeyoredragon (674402) | more than 7 years ago | (#19457681)

Don't you call those... babies?

The day I can hook a baby up to my router for extra on the fly storage... well, that will one great day. Babies have a much greater WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) than electronics. It's a win/win!

Whose Brains? (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450229)

The article speculates a lot about potential applications in human tissue. But what species' neurons are in the experimental network? And why don't these very superficial science articles reporting on a real journal entry actually link to the article they're discussing?

Go forth and hyperlink, (1)

the_kanzure (1100087) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450295)

My knee-jerk reaction was an agreement, since we all could be using hyperlinks in journalism (little reason not to); but, the trick on the WWW is to not scream when we come into incompetence-- or lack of imagination re: linking. Not all people have not been introduced to the Way of the internet.

Re:Go forth and hyperlink, (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450359)

Er, that article is content republished on their website from their paper edition:

From issue 2607 of New Scientist magazine, 08 June 2007, page 29

Their Web editor certainly has been introduced to "the Way of the Internet". All the ads on the page are linked to their targets.

Lack of linking isn't lack of imagination, it's lack of competence, like leaving out the job/interest of a named source, or any failure to cite. Especially in a scientific (if pop) journal, there's no excuse.

And FWIW, I didn't scream. I kvetched and specified an improvement. What did you do? Came up with an excuse to lower our expectations, rather than a way to get more of the minimum performance.

Re:Go forth and hyperlink, (1)

the_kanzure (1100087) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450405)

What did you do? Came up with an excuse to lower our expectations, rather than a way to get more of the minimum performance.
My apologies, I did not mean to imply that you were screaming. I was being ... poetic. No hard feelings?

Re:Go forth and hyperlink, (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450599)

No hard feelings - it's just a disagreement. But I do think poetry should be accurate, even when imprecise. Poetry is effective, even when misused.

Nemory Lab (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450273)

I wonder what the artificial memory seemed like to the critter in the jar. Probably something like "whoa, I'm tripping!"

The Schneidics [uncyclopedia.org] Institute needs one of these labs for nemory [uncyclopedia.org] experiments. Or maybe it needs not to have one, and never know the difference.

Controlling memory creation (1)

the_kanzure (1100087) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450383)

I wonder what the artificial memory seemed like to the critter in the jar. Probably something like "whoa, I'm tripping!"
Technically the chemical in question could be one of the many neurotoxins, just as lead (Pb) acts as one of the many human toxins [flyinggems.com] . Injection of picrotoxin might be stimulating neurons in some fashion that is abnormal or detrimental, not to mention that these results only had imprints lasting days and not years. And maybe it is an equivalent psychadelic? Maybe not.

... and injection of microdroplets (10 microliters) at a rate of one every 20 sec of 100 micromoles picrotoxin dissolved in neuron growth medium [an ionotropic gamma-aminobutyric acid GABA antagonist, which reduces the influence of inhibitory synapses [20]].
Eventually, the hope is that we can find some set of chemicals that produces neurobehavior much like we see under fMRI and other scanning methodologies. And I think there is a theory out there on the internet, maybe this is just leftover from religious institutions, basically the claim that there are different neurostructures that produce different 'intelligences' or information processing tools, so our memory-in-the-jar might not be able to remember much of itself. Not sure if we are ready to classify neuroprocessing yet.

Re:Controlling memory creation (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450543)

This experiment is the basis for labs to investigate all these questions. Especially as microfluidics and MEMS get more flexible, complex and easily programmable, and neural/electronic/optic interfaces give us better interfaces for "visualizing" the produced data.

Oh, and most psychedelics (like LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, phenethylamines, etc) are nontoxic. Their action is theorized to result from signal interference (noise) and consequential effects. This "bench" is an excellent harness in which to research those systems.

But there is a show-stopping ethical question of whether these experiments are any more acceptable on this neuron net than they would be on a whole, live, natural organism of the species. Especially when the experiments use human neurons, that issue is essential. Of course that hasn't stopped (or even entered into) this experiment's performance. But that's because the lab for those ethical experiments, our society, is hopelessly unscientific and crude.

Re:Controlling memory creation (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450971)

But there is a show-stopping ethical question of whether these experiments are any more acceptable on this neuron net than they would be on a whole, live, natural organism of the species.

Why wouldn't they be ethical? Unless it's such a complete functioning brain that it has the capability for self-awareness, I don't see a problem. It's the same as any experiment on a cadaver or amputated body part.

Re:Controlling memory creation (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#19454493)

These are not dead, they're just dumb.

Why does it have to be a complete, functioning brain to be self-aware? People with severe brain damage, much less than half a brain, are still self aware, and we don't think it ethical to zap them with false memories. Somewhere between the least functioning human brain we've got, and just one lone neuron without any interconnects, lies some critical mass (or range) that we wouldn't fool with. And now that we're facing it, we have to think it through, or we'll definitely make a mistake we'll regret once it's too late to go back.

My keys! my keys! a kingdom for my car keys! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19450303)

That's an very impressive achievement. But can it remember where I left my car keys?

ho8o (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19450445)

Progress. In 1992, would chhose to use Implementation to very own shitter, will not work. And current core were would you like to Whether to repeat

Woo hoo! Time to take that vacation to Mars! (2, Funny)

mozumder (178398) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450857)

I've always wanted to go there, but just couldn't afford a real vacation. Now I can finally visit Mars.

Now, what sort of options are available for the memory implant's "ego trip"?

Re:Woo hoo! Time to take that vacation to Mars! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19450955)

Forget Mars, it's dry and dusty anyway.

Just let me remember that one night with Scarlett Johansson! I've always wanted to go there, but just couldn't afford a real woman!

Re:Woo hoo! Time to take that vacation to Mars! (1)

Eccles (932) | more than 7 years ago | (#19455177)

Can it work to help forgetting? There's goatse.cx, tubgirl, and that weekend in Tijuana...

Permissions (1)

zapwow (939754) | more than 7 years ago | (#19450991)

Fun: chmod g=r my.brain Scary: chmod g=rw my.brain

Future Computer Virus? (1)

ROMRIX (912502) | more than 7 years ago | (#19451853)

No, honestly Mom, I wasn't looking at porn again. The computer sneezed all over my keyboard!

Re:Future Computer Virus? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19456319)

Talking about computer spooge, eh?

Another obligatory joke (1)

emurphy42 (631808) | more than 7 years ago | (#19452451)

"I want room service! I want the club sandwich, I want the cold Mexican beer, I want a $10,000-a-night hooker! I want my shirts laundered like they do at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo."

cool.. (1)

vuffi_raa (1089583) | more than 7 years ago | (#19456041)

cool- when I am old and my brain goes I can install a new one and flash the firmware-
or hell I can just flash someone else's brain and be in there... nice

First Time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19459411)

Created artificial memories for the FIRST time, my ass. I remember doing it
back in the late 70's.
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