The inhuman revolution is making us more humans
Imagine being able to control your memory to the fullest, as if you were able to recall every single section and act of the law book after the first time you have read it. Imagine remembering every single point in the act — the words ordering, the commas and pictures positioning. Imagine being able to find the right page of the book without any stumbling. Sounds as if it was the inhuman revolution of human, don’t it? But this is real!
Researchers have recently invested millions of dollars into the memory editing technology (www.darpa.mil tells ‘the research arm of the Department of Defense, has invested $80 million toward developing a wireless memory prosthetic to help people who suffer memory loss’, 2017), which allows scientists to control our memory and let us re-call even the least noticeable memories of our lives (Vice, Rachel Riederer on the 22nd of February, 2017).
It revolutionizes the human power of memory and makes people memories unforgettable. Some people argue it makes humans less humans and changes the whole meaning of memory, while the others celebrates it as the life achievement in the science. However, important bit is that this achievement is something unbelievable because it fixes people inabilities, such as dementia, stroke, aging, or epilepsy, and makes everyone equal.
The term ‘genetic engineering’ had been introduced in 1975 for the first time in a sci-fi novel (Vice, Rachel Riederer on the 22nd of February, 2017). Since then there were no tangible achievements to manipulate DNA or control human brains until two laboratory geniuses Berger and Raminez (the tech baron and a neuroscientist at Harvard) made the revolution in science recently — they found a way to control human memory by false stimulation and sensations, which allows to re-call every second of past.
Steve Raminez has successfully implanted false memories in mice. He is willing to do the same with human brains now. For those wondering, how this technologies development is going to change our memory, the answer is — completely. It is going to change our memory completely! Even though the memory encoding, storing and retrieving remains limited in science, false memory implantation strikes the field of science by changing the brain limits of keeping the memory longer.
This technology will help to change the emotions attached to memories of trauma, and restore the ability to form long-term memories in damaged brains. People, who have lost the long-term memories, will be able to convert short-term memories to long-term and re-call all of the memories from the other parts of the brain. This is going to heal dementia, stroke, aging and epilepsy.
According to the latest report by Alzheimer’s Disease International, ‘today, over 46 million people live with dementia worldwide’ and this is ‘more than the population of Spain’ (World Alzheimer Report 2015). This means that this new science technology is going to change the lives of 46 million people. And this is just one disease, what if we’ve taken all of the brain and memory connected diseases into account?! This would change the lives of half of the world’s population! And it would also fix the economy and social isolation problems as well.
However, some people argue that this new technology would make us less human as everyone would have photography memory and the perfection would be too ideal in the world, which would cause the war between people and would dehumanize us. However to everyone’s clarification, the scientist Raminez confirms that it wouldn’t cause war, because now it was tested just on the animals and the effect it had on animals will not be the same on humans because ‘if we are the Lamborghinis, then animal brains are the tricycles’, so even though people and animals have some common ground in terms of how the brains ‘wheels’ spin, human brains are more complicated and the technology won’t work to the fullest for everyone.
The more important question is, whether it is going to make us less or more human? And looking at the results the technology is going to make for the traumas and health issues, we can say that it is going to make us more human by increasing the human intelligence and neurons work. At the same time, some time will pass until this is going to appear in the market for humans, and no one knows, whether this achievement will still be relevant after all that time, in the future.