Scientists have apparently discovered a way how to edit our memories.
Yes, you read that right. It's something right out of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inception, Men In Black, or other such sci-fi/fantasy film.
The possibility, well the discovery, was shown in the PBS documentary series, Memory Hackers. The show aimed at shedding light on the process by which modern technology can be utilized to remove, re-arrange, and even (shockingly), implant new memories and how the technology will benefit humanity.
Check out a video of the documentary:
According to The Telegraph, the creators of Memory Hackers said:
For much of human history, memory has been seen as a tape recorder that faithfully registers information and replays it intact.
But now, researchers are discovering that memory is far more malleable, always being written and rewritten, not just by us but by others. We are discovering the precise mechanisms that can explain and even control our memories.
The interview from the publication also featured psychology professor Julia Shaw, who works at the London South Bank University. Shaw's statement made it ever so clear that memory manipulation isn't just a thing of sci-fi/fantasy movies any longer.
According to Shaw, she was able to convince test subjects that they committed crimes that they didn't actually do.
However, this new technology or discovery can be a double-edged sword. While memory manipulation could help mankind in a macrocosm of ways, there's also plenty of negative complications when it comes to ethics and morality, particularly crime.
The first thing that went to my head when I saw this documentary is the fact that people can forget extremely bad memories or phobias that have hurt them in the past. But maybe God/the universe/ nature (whichever you believe in) designed us not to forget.
Now that it's possible to erase and even implant new memories of fake crimes, it's quite exciting but at the same time frightening to think our memories could have been fake all along.
What do you think?