Upload a skill. To your brain.

So many questions, so much nope….


In March 2016, DARPA — the U.S. military’s “mad science” branch — announced their Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program. The TNT program aims to explore various safe neurostimulation methods for activating synaptic plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to alter the connecting points between neurons — a requirement for learning. DARPA hopes that building up that ability by subjecting the nervous system to a kind of workout regimen will enable the brain to learn more quickly.

Why is this only coming out now?
Who signs up to test these things?
Why did they feel the need to put the word ‘safe’ in the first paragraph?
What is the first skill they are going to try and upload?

Actually, they answer that question next in their writeup;

The ideal end benefit for this kind of breakthrough would be downloadable learning. Rather than needing to learn, for example, a new language through rigorous study and practice over a long period of time, we could basically “download” the knowledge after putting our minds into a highly receptive, neuroplastic state. Clearly, this kind of research would benefit anyone, but urgent military missions can succeed or fail based on the timing. In those situations, a faster way to train personnel would be a tremendous boon.

This next bit is the real… well, I just don’t know how to describe it…

Researchers will compare the efficacy of using an implanted device to stimulate the brain versus non-invasive stimulation. They will also explore both the ethics of enhanced learning through neurostimulation and ways to avoid side effects and potential risks.

So…. Am I to take it that they already have the ‘implanted device’ version?
So very relieved to read that the study will look into ways to avoid side effects…. Cause, you know, messing with your brain…. Side effects? Nah, she be right mate, what’s the worst that could happen?

Ok, all jokes aside. This is some next level programming here.
I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, but you just can’t shake the feeling that this sort of thing is already going on in a big way.

Will do another blog post, but if you have access to Netflix, check out the series ‘Black Mirror’.