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'Total Recall' could soon become a reality


Posted on Wednesday, 28 August, 2019 | Comment icon 14 comments

Would you visit a 'Total Recall' clinic ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Glogger / Chris Aimone
Scientists report that they have successfully implanted a false memory into a mouse through brain manipulation.
In the 1990 science-fiction movie 'Total Recall', Arnold Schwarzenegger's character visits a company that implants false memories of adventures, relationships and other life-changing experiences.

But just how realistic is the idea of implanting memories of things that never happened ?

In a recent study, scientists demonstrated that it is possible to create a false memory in animals by simulating brain cells in the pattern of a natural memory.

To do this, researchers effectively reverse engineered an existing memory by mapping the specific brain circuits underlying its formation, then reproducing it in the brain of a separate subject.

According to the team's findings, the implanted memories were indistinguishable from a memory created through normal means.

While such a technique is currently infeasible for use in humans, the research seems to suggest that the potential is there for implanting memories once the technology catches up.

But would you really want to have memories of a holiday or relationship that never happened ?

Such technology is likely to one day open up a broad set of social and ethical implications.

Source: Scientific American | Comments (14)

Tags: Total Recall, Memory, Brain

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by It's Just An Opinion on 28 August, 2019, 19:49
 From what I red they just duplicated some brain circuits that correspond with memory usage. How is that equal to duplicating a memory? I read nothing about them proving to have created a duplicate memory. Last time I checked, you have no way to physically see, hear, or experience any memories of any creature as if they were your own and therefor you cannot say you have "implanted a memory". Not unless you hide a piece of cheese in a scent proof container and have the mice find it in the first go, change its locations and have it repeat this in the second time hidden from all of it's 5 sense. ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Stiff on 28 August, 2019, 20:19
  From what I'd heard, they hid a piece of cheese in a scent proof container and had the mice find it in the first go, changed its locations and had it repeat this in the second time hidden from all of it's 5 sense.  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Seti42 on 28 August, 2019, 22:41
This kind of thing might be useful for helping some severely traumatized people get on with their lives. But it wouldn't work Total Recall style, I mean, you'd remember going to Recall to have a fake luxury sex vacation implanted. Not to mention all the evil such a technique could do if done to implant specific false memories designed to totally mess with people and/or fundamentally change their belief systems and public opinions... Speaking of evil, the espionage industry would be all over it, too.
Comment icon #8 Posted by pixiii on 29 August, 2019, 3:29
It could be extremely useful for severely traumatised people absolutely.   However, it could be used for bad....very, very BAD. And people would be none the wiser.  Scary.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Golden Duck on 29 August, 2019, 6:41
Could you use it for reading books or learning?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Phaeton80 on 29 August, 2019, 9:52
Yeah, or learning martial arts.. OR.. or curling! Only side effect: you could find yourself suddenly a Manchurian Candidate.. or experiencing MPD. Youll be your very own dr Janus!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Impedancer on 29 August, 2019, 14:22
I would love to erase parts of my own memory.....or reboot it hmmm..
Comment icon #12 Posted by spartan max2 on 29 August, 2019, 14:55
Raises lots of questions. Slightly off topic but, For one should something be punished for a crime they have no memory of doing 
Comment icon #13 Posted by Scholar4Truth on 29 August, 2019, 19:23
 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Tom1200 on 30 August, 2019, 7:44
or something equally preposterous, like being happy and contented?


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