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Can Bioengineers Directly UPLOAD Skills To Your Brain?

If you were given the chance to upload a skill into your brain, would you take it?

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Will you allow Bioengineers to upload skills to your brain?

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to randomly choose a skill from a catalogue and have it uploaded into your brain, just like downloading a software and installing it on the computer—and voila! You’ve got yourself a new skill ready to be used.

You could choose any skill, let’s say playing the piano, learning 21 languages, cooking like a chef and have it uploaded to your brain like how Neo from the matrix had his Kung Fu skills uploaded and became a Kung Fu master.

Bioengineers will directly upload skills to your brain (Source: Giphy)

Would you want it?

OFF COURSE, who doesn’t?

Recently, a lot of media channels have been reporting that a group of researchers from HRL Laboratories in California has found a way to “upload knowledge to your brain”, by developing a technology that could be used to feed any skill into the human brain, without the usual effort and shorter amount of time.


Bioengineers will directly upload skills to your brain (Source: End Time Headlines)

Recent research shows that it is possible to enhance a human’s existing ability to learn new skills, but directly uploading any skill in particular into a person through brain waves is outside the scope of their study.

The HRL Labs research team, which was headed by Matthew Phillips and conducts R&D for the Boeing Company and General Motors, made use of a neuro-stimulation technique which is called transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)—a non-invasive, painless shock that uses a constant, small electric current to excite specific brain regions.

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The research are able to excite certain areas in the human brain which are responsible for learning and skill retention, with the use of the tDCS technique.

“When you learn something, your brain physically changes,” Philips said. “Connections are made and strengthened in a process called neuroplasticity. 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.”

During their research, brainwaves of six commercial as well as military pilots were monitored, and transmitted their patterns into 32 newbies who were training to pilot aeroplanes in a flit simulator. Findings show that the tDCS technique could help to enhance a person’s ability to learn, since the newbies who received tDCS brain stimulation had improved piloting abilities especially in landing skills.

This does not mean that researchers were able to “upload” or transmit any skill or type of data using their technique. It is better to say that they excited brain regions which are responsible for learning, so a person will be able to improve their learning ability.

Bioengineers will directly upload skills to your brain (Source: Giphy)

So, no. You can’t choose a skill set form a catalogue and instantly be a Kung Fu master like Neo. For now, efforts are still your best bet. But then again, technology is rather fast paced, and we don’t know what the future would bring. This technology could lead to interesting results in the future.

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Cielo Santos

Engineer. Writer. Artist. Gamer. Musician. She dreams of building a time machine and help kittens take over the world. Is secretly the pink power ranger in real life.


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