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Download. Have you seen the movie The Matrix? When I first saw it, I was in graduate school, working toward a Ph.D. in math. Like, whoa. (Thanks, Keanu.)
Anyway, part of that process is taking a series of three exams based on the material of six classes. They are called
Now consider the title of this article released one month ago on ScoopWhoop: You Will Soon Be Able To Download Information Directly To Your Brain, Matrix-Style!
Are you serious?
Yes. According to the article, scientists at HRL Laboratories in California used a simulator to feed information into a person’s brain. They attempted to transfer the skills of a professional airplane pilot to novice flyers.
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How? First they analyzed the brain activity patterns from six commercial and military pilots. Then they put several test subjects to sleep wearing electrode-embedded head caps. Next they zapped these peoples’ brains with transcranial direct current stimulation to transmit the brain patterns of the experts into the novices. The novices then took lessons in a flight simulator.
The results? Subjects who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps improved their piloting abilities and learnt the task 33 percent better than a placebo group.
This breakthrough fits perfectly with Sylvia Ney's WIN, a short story about a world in which all knowledge is downloaded into our brains and people who "learn" are considered oddities. (Much like some view the Amish today.) That's all well and good until the mechanism for downloading gets a virus. Oops.
You can read this haunting tale in the upcoming anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here, to be released on May 3. This anthology also has a website participating in the A to Z Challenge. To learn more about the ten tales and their authors, go here.
What knowledge would you like to download into your brain?