Scientists (mad ones, obv) have developed a way to plug "memory chips" into the brains of rats, instantly expanding their memory-creating and storing capabilities, with the future possibility OF BEING ABLE TO ADD ACTUAL MEMORIES. Holy gracious.
Dr. Berger's description is almost frightening:
"Flip the switch on, and the rats remember. Flip it off, and the rats forget [...] These integrated experimental modeling studies show for the first time that with sufficient information about the neural coding of memories, a neural prosthesis capable of real-time identification and manipulation of the encoding process can restore and even enhance cognitive mnemonic processes.
The hope (and it's a noble one) is to help those who have suffered from a memory effecting illness like Alzheimer's or a stroke. The reality is I'm gonna stick a memory card in your brain while you're sleeping that makes you think you made out with like forty hunks at the bar the night before and loved every second of it. "Dude -- what happened last night?!" Oh you don't remember? You were kissing bros as far as the eye could see!
Thanks to Omega, whose 4 Relay I did pass through and survive WITH MY ENTIRE SQUAD. High-five, Tali! (We banged, I'm trying to make it less awkward)