SCIENTISTS DEVELOP TECHNIQUE FOR UPLOADING KNOWLEDGE TO YOUR BRAIN.
Imagine never having to go to an I.T course to learn how to be a computer programmer or even pilots school to learn how to fly a plane. Imagine all the knowledge and skills required to be a pilot or the most skilled chef in the kitchen could just be uploaded directly to your brain with a push of button.
Now all of this may sound like pure science fiction from the legendary movie The Matrix where Neo had all of his fighting skills uploaded to brain before he had the most legendary sparring session with Morpheus in movie history.
Well scientists at HRL Information and Systems sciences Laboratory in California are currently working on making this fantasy a reality by developing what’s called low-current electrical brain stimulation to modulate a person’s learning of complex, real-world skills.
They studied the electric signals in the brain of a trained pilot and then fed the data into novice subjects as they learned to pilot an aeroplane in a realistic flight simulator.
The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, found that subjects who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps improved their piloting abilities and learnt the task 33 per cent better than a placebo group.
“Our system is one of the first of its kind. It's a brain stimulation system,” explained Dr Matthew Phillips.
"It sounds kind of sci-fi, but there's large scientific basis for the development of our system.
"The specific task we were looking at was piloting an aircraft, which requires a synergy of both cognitive and motor performance.
"When you learn something, your brain physically changes. Connections are made and strengthened in a process called neuro-plasticity.
“It turns out that certain functions of the brain, like speech and memory, are located in very specific regions of the brain, about the size of your pinky.”
Dr Matthews believes that brain stimulation could eventually be implemented for tasks like learning to drive, exam preparation and language learning
“What our system does is it actually targets those changes to specific regions of the brain as you learn,” he added.
“The method itself is actually quite old. In fact, the ancient Egyptians 4000 years ago used electric fish to stimulate and reduce pain.
“Even Ben Franklin applied currents to his head, but the rigorous, scientific investigation of these methods started in the early 2000s and we're building on that research to target and personalise a stimulation in the most effective way possible.
“Your brain is going to be very different to my brain when we perform a task. What we found is … brain stimulation seems to be particularly effective at actually improving learning.”
All we know is this is literally the beginning of an entirely new era of learning, because of this new technology the entire education and schooling system is going to be flipped on its head because in the near future we could all just upload whatever business, marketing, or forex trading course knowledge we want without having to sit in a single class.