Knowledge is power. But how about upload knowledge directly into someone’s brain? According to scientists, that process is not just science fiction. It is possible to upload knowledge directly into someone’s brain with as much effort as falling asleep.
The Matrix Simulator
Scientists are testing a simulator that can feed information directly into the brain. It can teach your brain some new skills in a much shorter amount of time. They believe that it could be the first step in developing advanced software which is going to make Matrix-style instant learning a reality. We would all like to learn Kung Fu as Neo did in “The Matrix” for a just few seconds after the information was uploaded to his brain.
Learn How to Fly
The scientists from California based HRL Laboratories, say that they have found a way to amplify learning. However, it is still on a much smaller scale than seen in the movies. They have studied the electric signals in the brain of a trained pilot, and then they fed the data into new subjects during their learning cycle into a flight simulator.
The study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience has found that subjects which received brain stimulation with the use of electrode-embedded head caps improved their piloting abilities and learned the task 33% better than others.
Dr. Matthew Phillips said:
Our system is one of the first of its kind. It is a brain stimulation system. It sounds like science fiction, but there is the large scientific basis for the development of our system.
The specific task that we were looking at was piloting an aircraft, which actually requires a synergy of cognitive and of motor performance. When you learn something, the brain physically changes. Connections are actually made and strengthened in the process which is called neuroplasticity.
It also turns out that a few functions of our brain, such as speech and memory, are situated in very specific regions of the brain, which are about the size of your pinky.
Dr. Matthews also believes that brain stimulation could probably be implemented for tasks such as learning to drive, exam preparation, as well as language learning.
Dr. Matthews added:
What our system does is it targets those changes to some specific regions of the brain as we learn.
The method itself is quite old-fashioned. In fact, the ancient Egyptians used electric fish to stimulate and reduce pain 4000 years ago.
Even Ben Franklin has also applied currents to his head, but the rigorous, as well as scientific investigation of these methods, began in the early 2000s, and we are now building on that research to target and personalize stimulation in the most effective way possible.
In the meantime, one study from recently found that intelligent people are more easily distracted at work.
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