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Humans could ‘erase’ unhappy memories with ground-breaking new neurotechnology [or implant new ones]

The memory-editing technique, called decoded neurofeedback, or DecNef, was created for the treatment of PTSD, but some critics say it could potentially be used to implant false memories

By Michael Moran | 7 May 2020

DAILY STAR — A radical new technique to target and erase painful memories has raised “huge ethical problems,” says a leading neurologist, because it threatens to artificially change a person’s personality.

The memory-editing technique, which is called decoded neurofeedback, or DecNef, was created for the treatment of PTSD.

It uses an electromagnet similar to an MRI scanner, to measure various changes in the brain, such as the level of oxygen in the blood.

The data gathered by the scanner is sent in real time to an artificially intelligent imagine learning agent that maps which areas of the brain are active when particular memories are stimulated.

Aurelio Cortese, a computational neuroscientist and principal investigator of the ATR Computational Neuroscience Labs, told Inverse that the AI component is vital to understanding what’s going on in the human brain: “Machine learning is used to learn the neural representation of the target mental representation in the first place,” he said. […]

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