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Artificial hippocampus restores and enhances memory

This blows my tiny organic mind:  researchers have proven that if you know enough about how a brain region codes and transmits information, you can completely replace its functionality in real time with an electronic implant.  The device was able to restore long term memory in rats with a damaged hippocampus.  "Flip the switch on, and the rats remember. Flip it off, and the rats forget," said Theodore Berger of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.  Furthermore, when installed in rats with a normal functioning hippocampus, it enhanced their ability to form and retrieve memories.

Since the hippocampus is the critical component in accessing and forming long term memory, and the first to get fried by Alzheimer’s, this is good news for Alzheimer’s patients, stroke victims, and Guy Pierce (the guy in Memento).  For the rest of us, it means the money we’re saving for our kid’s college fund might actually go towards buying an Ivy League® brand brain implant and the college experience can finally be all about the parties.

Here are some more details: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-06/uosc-rmr061211.php

Here’s the full scientific paper they published in the Journal of Neural Engineering: http://iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/8/4/046017

Digital is dead: Lockheed Martin buys first commercial quantum computer

D-Wave sold their first quantum computer to Lockheed Martin (a “security company” apparently, according to the article).  It’s a 128 qubit superconducting processor sitting in a 10 meter square shielded cryogenic chamber. It’s going to be used for “problems that are hard for traditional methods to solve in a cost-effective amount of time. Examples of such problems include software verification and validation, financial risk analysis, affinity mapping and sentiment analysis, object recognition in images, medical imaging classification, compressed sensing and bioinformatics.”  http://www.dwavesys.com/en/pressreleases.html#lm_2011

Digital programming is for dinosaurs, quantum programming is the new l33t!  Here’s where you can get started (PhD in theoretical physics not required…but probably recommended):

http://dwave.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/learning-to-program-the-d-wave-one-software-you-should-install-a-book-you-should-buy/

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