Forgetful? Imagine having the power of a computer to help you recall memories.
That's what DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working on with a program called RAM: Restoring Active Memory.
Part of the agency's broader work in understanding the brain down to the level of individual neurons, the RAM project would implant electrodes in the hippocampus, the center of the brain where declarative memories — directions, or a grocery list, for example — are formed.
Through an understanding of how neurons fire properly during these processes, the RAM system would monitor the formation and recall of memories and then wirelessly transmit that information to a computer worn externally. If the computer sensed the improper formation or recall of a memory, it could send a corrective signal back.