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Downloading knowledge - Matrix style

By T.K. Randall
December 18, 2011 · Comment icon 23 comments



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Scientists have made the first steps towards being able to download skills directly in to the brain.
It isn't quite on par with the movie "The Matrix" in which Keanu Reeves has the skill of kung-fu downloaded in to his mind in a few hours, but it is an essential first step - researchers have succeeded in hacking the brain by inducing brain patterns in order to produce a learned behaviour. In the future this technology could be used to make someone a skilled musician or athlete for instance without them having to actually learn anything.
For the first time, researchers have been able to hack into the process of learning in the brain, using induced brain patterns to create a learned behavior.


Source: Popular Science | Comments (23)


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Comment icon #14 Posted by King Fluffs 11 years ago
I may finally become good at Parkour. :-D
Comment icon #15 Posted by Cryptozological Mascot 11 years ago
Ha Ha! Remember "Demolition Man?"
Comment icon #16 Posted by Littlehawk 11 years ago
your made the way u are for a reason. This is good to help people rehabilitate. but to just start to use this to make people musicians or mathmeticians. not a good idea. not the way we were intended. hacking in video games is illegal and should be illegal to hack into ones brain I agree with this statement 100%. While this might serve to assist someone to rehabilitate from injury or memory loss... the very idea that this could be used to program people like robots astounds me. Humans are book smart, but man, they can sure lack common sense. When in sight of a goal, all humans have th responsib... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by cerberusxp 11 years ago
AAHHH yes the intersect! LINK from the TV series Chuck and the Matrix's download. Then again you have George Soros who has said we now have the ability for MIND CONTROL! His vision for an open society and the undesirable affects of it. But with MIND CONTROL the undesirable affects would be minimal. At least to those in control. From left to right is Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Obama in that order. LOL Tools of an agenda they may or may not even be aware of.
Comment icon #18 Posted by cerberusxp 11 years ago
Ha Ha! Remember "Demolition Man?" The Cocteau way- read under the Edger Friendly Quote:LINK Caution: expletives involved in the quotes for those of you who are sensitive to vulgarity DO NOT USE link!!
Comment icon #19 Posted by cerberusxp 11 years ago
The Cocteau way- read under the Edger Friendly Quote:LINK Caution: expletives involved in the quotes for those of you who are sensitive to vulgarity DO NOT USE link!! OOPS I almost forgot in the movie while these two were in cryogenics they were being mind altered. John Spartan was given needle point for rehabilitation while Cocteau introduced martial arts and murder death kill arts to Simon Phoenix. Is your child's future being a 47 year old virgin sitting on the sofa in his PJ's singing "I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Weiner"?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Odds 11 years ago
I think it's great. If the technology gets good enough, the possibilities are endless. Possibly reform criminals to be a productive member of society? Who knows. And as with almost all new technology of this magnitude, there is always the chance for it to be used for the wrong purposes, but i think sometimes that's a risk you need to take to be able to take benefit of the positive side.
Comment icon #21 Posted by PeacefulAnarchy 11 years ago
The establishment can then turn us in to there very own Brian/Brenda sheep army creating their perfect society! Jump... how high sir/madam
Comment icon #22 Posted by The Unseen 11 years ago
I would love to do that,ha ha"EVIL LAUGH".There would be no more so called Enemies of the U.S. and there would be no more crime or at least around my neighborhood.I'm not saying I'd become one of those Creeps that run around in tights or anything but I sure would break a few necks and leave the scum buckets there where they fall and I would hide my tracks,Also I would down load a medic file to be able to help friends and family and those in need when such is needed.I would love to learn to fly one of those Apache 64 attack choppers like my friend in the Army does.There would be all kinds of th... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by OverSword 11 years ago
your made the way u are for a reason. This is good to help people rehabilitate. but to just start to use this to make people musicians or mathmeticians. not a good idea. not the way we were intended. hacking in video games is illegal and should be illegal to hack into ones brain Apparently you've never watched Clockwork Orange.


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