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Matrix-like learning 'within 30 years'

By T.K. Randall
March 21, 2014 · Comment icon 23 comments



Can information be downloaded directly to the brain ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Jeff Golden
The ability to learn a whole new skill almost instantly could be available within just a few decades.
In hit movie 'The Matrix', Keanu Reeves' character Neo learns extensive martial arts expertise in a matter of hours by having the information directly downloaded in to his brain through a computer. But what if we could do something similar in real life ?

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte recently spoke out at the TED's 30th anniversary event in Vancouver about his predictions for the next 30 years. Of particular interest was his belief that we will soon be able to learn entire new subjects simply by ingesting a special type of pill.
"Once information is in your bloodstream, some kind of mechanism could deposit the information in the brain," he said. "You could take a pill and learn English or the works of Shakespeare."

Scientists have already been able to observe the way in which memory-forming molecules come together in the brain, so if we could find a way to control this process directly it could make the concept of a 'knowledge pill' a distinct possibility.

Whether you could use it to learn kung fu however will remain to be seen.

Source: Business Insider | Comments (23)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by Whatsinausername 9 years ago
Oh well, it's never going to come true anyway so .. . .
Comment icon #15 Posted by woopypooky 9 years ago
They should start with a woman pill to instant orgasm
Comment icon #16 Posted by bigjonalien 9 years ago
this is old, the military were doing the experiments 10 years ago!
Comment icon #17 Posted by regeneratia 9 years ago
I personally think even the prophets of science have some wishful thinking.
Comment icon #18 Posted by regeneratia 9 years ago
They should start with a woman pill to instant orgasm There is a spot easy to locate, outside any secondary sex organs that can bring one to orgasm, stimulated merely by cognition. You just have to know it is there and know how to get it to work.
Comment icon #19 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 9 years ago
Comment icon #20 Posted by LimeGelatin 9 years ago
As long as I don't have to plug into anything, I just can't wait!
Comment icon #21 Posted by regeneratia 9 years ago
As long as I don't have to plug into anything, I just can't wait! I will tell you what, there were times in nursing school where I did want to eliminate the need for a petty, unenlightened nursing instructor.
Comment icon #22 Posted by AZDZ 9 years ago
Kindergarten to College graduate in a few easy downloads. They could enter the workforce decades earlier. Imagine the benefits to the economy!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Mikko-kun 9 years ago
Yeah well... combine this with the body-modification tech, not just mechanical but the purely biological modifications like hormones etc, then you might have instant firemen and kung fu teachers. Like going to a McDonalds


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