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Scientists Develop Matrix-Style Technique of ‘Uploading Knowledge to Your Brain’

Thanks to new technology, scenes from The Matrix are getting nearer to appearing in real life, with scientists having recently discovered how to have information ‘uploaded’ directly into the brain.

The scientists at HRL Information and System Sciences Laboratory in California have been developing what is termed low-current electrical brain stimulation which works by modulating a person’s learning of complex, real-world skills. 

This information can be used to learn new skills such as driving a car or learning a new language.

Leader of the HRL Labs research team, Dr Matthew Phillips, used a neuro-stimulation technique known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to stimulate the areas in the brain that are responsible for learning and skill retention. tDCS is a pain-free is a non-invasive process that uses a constant, low electric current to excite specific areas of the brain. 

Some studies are suggesting it could be used to treat neuropsychological disorders like depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic pain.

Dr Phillips said: “Our system is one of the first of its kind. It’s a brain stimulation system. 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” 

Your brain physically changes when you learn something, the process is called neuro-plasticity.

“What our system does is it actually targets those changes to specific regions of the brain as you learn” Using electrical impulses to alter brain structure goes back 4,000 years when the ancient Egyptians used electric fish to stimulate and reduce pain.

“Your brain is going to be very different to my brain when we perform a task. What we found is that in specific circumstances, brain stimulation seems to be particularly effective at actually improving learning.”

They achieved to results by studying the brain of a trained pilot and then transferred this data into the brain of someone who had never flown before, while they practiced in a flight simulator.

The study which has been published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, found that novices who were fed the data using electrode-embedded head caps learned the new skill 33 per cent better than a placebo group, it also showed marked improvement in motor and cognitive skills.

Dr Phillips confirmed: “We were able to take a group of individuals and train them to a similar level. The effects can persists for hours. The effects take days or weeks of practice to consolidate. It’s the same learning mechanism, we’re just amplifying or boosting it.”

As more is discovered about optimizing, personalizing, and adapting brain stimulation programmes, it is a real possibility that we will see Matrix-like information uploads in the future.

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