August 5, 2013
Computers that meddle with our thoughts, memories and brains might not be far off, The New York Times’ Nick Bilton reports.
There are already thought-controlled gadgets and smart phone apps. But recently, a group of scientists at MIT took brain-computer interactions to a whole new level.
While they weren’t able to create memories from scratch, they were able to associate different feelings to neutral memories in mice. In other words, they were able to turn frightening memories into indifference. When successful, the memory-altered mice didn’t recognize the location where they had earlier received an electrical shock. They thought the negative memory had been created elsewhere.