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Can we download/upload information to or from the brain?

Sun, 21st Nov 2010

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Science Copperfield, Second Life asked:

Can we download/upload information to or from the brain?

Answer

We put this to Dr Smitha Mundasad:

Smitha -   I think that one’s a little bit more difficult.  I think that brings up a lot of issues.  Who controls what you can download?  Would you be able to download something from someone else’s brain?  I think we’re a little bit far away from that, but there’s a lot of progress in neuroscience, so it wouldn’t surprise me if it happened.

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