The Convergence Is Near

woman inserting card into her headIf you've read my book, Convergence, (which happens to be on sale right now for only 99 cents!) then you know all about the DARPA-made memory storage, retrieval, and playback unit I write about. The DRMR device I made-up is actually based on some pretty sound science and actual ground-breaking DARPA research. Last week, news broke that DARPA has contracted with UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania to develop neuroprosthetics to aid wounded warriors.

Shelley Nash at Mod Vive writes:

The program is known as Restoring Active Memory and is intended to aid declarative memory, which is what enables human beings to record and recall facts specific to daily living, such as remembering times and places.

In a conference call with reporters, Geoffrey Ling, director of DARPA’s biological technologies office said “This is just not cocktail party talk. We have so much hope that this new program is going to do wonderful things to restore our injured service members.”

Wounded warriors are slated to be the first group to benefit from this new technology as they often suffer traumatic brain injuries as a result of roadside bombs while serving overseas. However, the first test subjects for the new device are those suffering from impaired memory due to epilepsy. Devices are already implanted in some epilepsy patients that assist in monitoring seizure activity and that help to stop the malfunctioning of the brain that causes seizures. Data from these devices will be collected by the UCLA research team with the hope of developing a memory formation model. This model can then be used to test the memory device.

This will not be easy because, although we have a greater understanding of the human body than we ever have before, there is still much to be discovered.

The New York Times notes that this $40 million investment in direct brain recording has become the fastest growing area in neuroscience. You can read more at NYT, and at IFLScience.

And if you're of a mind, check out my science-fiction thriller, Convergence, on sale for $0.99 for a limited time.

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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