AI Helmet to Boost Memory Being Developed in Shenzhen

By Adam Robbins, July 27, 2018

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Scientists at the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) are developing a helmet to enhance memory and emotional control by regulating brain waves, Xinhua reports

The research team led by Wei Pengfei, based at SIAT’s Institute of Brain Cognition and Brain Disease, has already developed a prototype for their first-generation helmet. It reportedly senses brain waves via flexible electrodes, makes calculation in real time with an artificial intelligence algorithm, then releases weak electrical pulses to alter neurons in the cerebral cortex. That area plays a key role in language, memory, attention, consciousness and more.

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Early trials have produced measurable improvements to participants’ short-term memory. The team now plans larger double-blind experiments to test long-term memory, while developing a second-generation helmet to address a wider variety of brain issues. 

"Through animal experiments, we have analyzed specific brain areas related to attention cognition, emotional regulation, anxiety, drug addiction, stress and epilepsy,” Wei told reporters. “We hope we can intervene in these areas effectively.”

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