Gaining new knowledge, although rewarding, can be challenging at the same time. Just imagine having to read lots of books or check out various online references when you need to research about a certain topic.
So yes, it can be a time-consuming process and you just can’t help but feel overwhelmed sometimes. One way or another, you may have probably wished there was a way to simply ‘download’ information into your brain, just like in The Matrix!
Apparently, there is now a way to feed information directly into a person’s brain.
Talk about a case of life imitating art!
Researchers from California-based HRL Laboratories are claiming that they’ve found a revolutionary way to boost the learning process, Matrix-style.
As you can probably remember from the sci-fi classic, Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) was able to master kung fu in seconds after it was ‘uploaded’ to his brain.
Now the people over at HRL have developed a simulator capable of doing that, albeit in a lesser degree. They believe that this could be the first steps in creating advanced software that can enhance learning like never before.
Dr Matthew Phillips said, “Our system is one of the first of its kind. It’s a brain stimulation system.
“It sounds kind of sci-fi, but there’s large scientific basis for the development of our system.”
During the research, HRL targeted one type of information – aircraft piloting.
According to Phillips:
“The specific task we were looking at was piloting an aircraft, which requires a synergy of both cognitive and motor performance.
“When you learn something, your brain physically changes. Connections are made and strengthened in a process called neuro-plasticity.”
Certain brain functions are located in very specific regions of the brain.
“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,” added Phillips.
During the study, novice subjects received brain stimulation using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).
The goal, of course, was to improve learning and skill retention before piloting an aircraft in a flight simulator.
The subjects turned out performing better and had a greater consistency of 33% compared with a placebo group.
Sounds too good to be true, you say?
You can watch the video here and see for yourself:
Well this tech certainly looks promising! Just imagine the advantages of learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge in a shorter time.
What do you think about this, folks? Leave a comment below!
Scientists Replicated the Controversial Milgram Experiment With More Shocking Results
Will you push the last button?
Have you heard of the Milgram experiment? If you haven't yet, we'll tell you about it and about how the experiment was replicated recently, bearing the same striking results more than 50 years after it was first conducted.
The Milgram experiment was a highly controversial trial created by Stanley Milgram of Yale University back in the early 1960s. It was originally based on the behavior of Nazi soldiers and aimed to determine whether these underlings were innately evil or if they were only heedlessly following orders from an authoritarian leader.
To test this premise, the experiment involves having an observer, an authoritarian figure whom we'll call as the "scientist," in a room with the "participant" who sits in front of a microphone and several buttons. The scientist then instructs the participant to ask the person on the other end of the microphone, the person whom we'll call the "learner," a series of questions that he or she must answer correctly.
12 Surprising Facts About Farting You Need To Know
Women have stinkier farts than men.
No matter how embarrassing a fart can be, it is still part of the normal body function. Whether you like it or not, they do happen because it is the body’s way of expelling the gas building up inside. Farting, aside from belching or burping, is just one way of liberating gas and it can be silent or loud and smelly or odorless.
But do you know who farts louder? Is it the men or the women? On average, how many times a day does a person fart? Here are 12 facts about farting you probably didn’t know.
#1. Farts are made up of hydrogen sulfide.
Stephen Hawking: Without a ‘World Government’, Technology Will Destroy Mankind
The world-renowned physicist has a dire warning for the human race.
World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has a serious warning for the world – if technology remains uncontrolled, it will destroy the human race. In an interview with The Times, Hawking said “Since civilization began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages.”
“It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason,” he further explained.
Hawking believes that "some form of world government” could be a good solution.
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