Brain implant boosts the intelligence of rats

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Researchers have developed a brain implant that augments the brain capacity of rats, boosting their ability to recall tasks. Reports Benedict Carey in the New York Times:

Scientists have designed a brain implant that restored lost memory function and strengthened recall of new information in laboratory rats - a crucial first step in the development of so-called neuroprosthetic devices to repair deficits from dementia, stroke and other brain injuries in humans. Though still a long way from being tested in humans, the implant demonstrates for the first time that a cognitive function can be improved with a device that mimics the firing patterns of neurons.

I'm not sure what I'm more excited about: superintelligent cyberrats, or getting my brain implant installed so I can remember and parse every single plot twist in Game of Thrones. Read the whole article at the New York Times.