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This $100-million Startup Plans to Put Chips Into Human Brains to Enhance Intelligence

If you could, would you delete some memories you don’t like and replace them with much better ones? How far are you willing to go to tweak your brain if doing so could give you super abilities?

These are not just hypothetical questions to Bryan Johnson, the founder of the brain-hacking startup Kernel. He believes that in the next 15 years humans will be able to greatly expand their brain’s natural abilities, and he put $100 million of his own money to make that happen.

Speaking recently at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Johnson said that in the next two decades, researchers should develop tools for the brain that will allow us to “pose any question we wanted” –

“For example, could I have a perfect memory?” asked Johnson. “Could I delete my memories? Could I increase my rate of learning, could I have brain to brain communication? Imagine a scenario where I say ‘I want to know what it’s like to be a cowboy in the American west in the 1800s?’ and someone creates that experience mentally. I’m able to take that and purchase that from that person and experience that.”

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