The Future of Memory- How Brain-Computer Interfaces Could Make Us Superhuman

Brain-computer interfaces are devices that connect the brain and external devices, such as computers or prosthetics.

These devices can potentially treat neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and depression, by stimulating or recording brain signals.

They can also enhance cognitive functions, such as memory and learning, by augmenting or manipulating brain signals.

Non-invasive methods, such as magnetic or electric stimulation, can improve short- and long-term memory for several weeks.

Invasive methods, can mimic the brain’s memory encoding and decoding processes using machine learning techniques.

An artificial hippocampus, a brain region involved in memory formation, can restore or boost memory in rats, even when they are drugged to forget.

These technologies raise ethical and social issues, such as consent, autonomy, cognitive equity, identity and humanity.

Future-proof policies and regulations are needed to ensure the safety and benefits of brain-computer interfacing.

Brain-computer interfacing could revolutionize the way humans learn, remember and evolve.

Superhuman memory could become a reality with the advancement of brain-computer interfacing.