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Researchers funded by the US military are developing appliances to record neural activity and automatically stimulate the brain to treat mental illness.
Brain implants that deliver electrical pulses tuned to a person’s feelings and behaviour are being tested in people for the first time. Two teams funded by the US military’s research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), have begun preliminary trials of ‘closed-loop’ brain implants that use algorithms to detect patterns associated with mood disorders. These devices can shock the brain back to a healthy state without input from a physician.
Implanting a microchip into your brain to unlock its full potential may sound like the plot from the latest science fiction blockbuster.
But the futuristic technology could become a reality within 15 years, according to Bryan Johnson, an expert working on such a device.
The chips will allow people to buy and delete memories, and will soon be as popular as smartphones, Mr Johnson claims.
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