According to MSN, scientists believe that humans may soon be able to simply feed knowledge directly into their brains. Researchers say that they’ve developed a simulator that can feed information into a person’s brain to teach them new skills in less time.
Researchers think it could be the first step to developing software that will make instant learning as seen in sci-fi films such as the Matrix a reality.
HRL Laboratories in California say they’ve found a way to amplify learning on a small scale. They studied electric signals in the brain of a trained pilot and fed that data into subjects who were novices as they began to learn to pilot planes in a flight simulator. The subjects learned the task 33 percent better than those in the 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 thinks that brain stimulation could be implemented for tasks such as exam preparation and learning language.
“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.”