It’s something we all probably take for granted: our memory.
Unless you’ve suffered an injury or brain damage, you might not think twice about how your long-term memories are made, stored and retrieved.
But there’s a team of American neuroscientists who’ve been studying that and are working on a memory device implant.
Team members believe they will see a memory device being implanted in a small number of human volunteers within two years and it the device being available to anyone within five to ten years.
It has been hailed as one of the top ten technological breakthroughs by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 2013.
The scientists, who have skills ranging from mathematical modeling to psychiatry, believe they can use electrodes to stimulate damaged areas of the brain to replicate the action of undamaged areas.
They say it has worked on in experiments on certain brain functions of rats and monkeys.
The goal is to be able to help people who have suffered memory loss from injury or stroke.