“Coming soon: a brain implant to restore memory”

May 4, 2014 - News

“..’It’s easy to see how manipulating memories in people could open up an ethical minefield, said Arthur Caplan, a medical ethicist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

‘When you fool around with the brain you are fooling around with personal identity,’ said Caplan, who advises DARPA on matters of synthetic biology but not neuroscience.

‘The cost of altering the mind is you risk losing sense of self, and that is a new kind of risk we never faced’…”

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is forging ahead with a four-year plan to build a sophisticated memory stimulator, as part of President Barack Obama’s $100 million initiative to better understand the human brain (AFP Photo/Mauricio Lima)