Download Your Memories; Retrieve Them Later
Could human memories be uploaded and stored — just like data — in a computer? Scientists say not now, but in the coming decades it’s likely we’ll be able to store our memories in a way that allows us to retrieve them later. Long the stuff of science fiction novels, this kind of merger between computer technology and the human brain is being pushed by new findings in neuroscience, as well as advances in computer science and artificial intelligence.
Two new high-profile scientific projects are also giving impetus to this idea. President Obama announced a $1 billion effort in February to map the brain, while the European Union announced it would fund a $1.3 billion effort to build a human brain in a silicon substrate. But before anything so ambitious as uploading ourselves to a computer is possible, neuroscientists say they have to figure how and where our memories exist.