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Q&A How would a biological brain be updated with its digital memory?

In my story characters can go into perfectly simulated virtual worlds where their memories have been replicated down to the individual neurons and their protien structures. In these worlds time pas...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A Why would my species expose their brains through a glass dome?

The species I have created looks eerily humanlike, practically indistinguishable from human except for a reptile-like tail and an exposed brain. The top portion of the skull is replaced with a gla...

30 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by RotNDecay‭

Question reality-check brain
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Q&A Could a creature evolve a cubic brain?

One thing that is fairly common amongst nearly every macro-scale living thing on this planet is the brain. The brain controls when creatures breathe, move, talk, etc., but the brains of said living...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RotNDecay‭

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Q&A Big Brains Needed

I need the biggest brain I can realistically get, how big is it and why? I've done a bit of research. I know we (humans) have big brains. We've even got big brains compared to our weight (encephal...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

Question biology brain
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Q&A Overclocking VR

Set in the immediate future, social network evolves with the advancement of 10G network and a major breakthrough in medicine. Giant tech companies raced to develop state of the art VR technology wh...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Selectively Shutting Down Human Emotion

I ran across an article briefly describing a woman suffering from Urbach-Wiethe disease (UWd). UWd leaves calcification within the amygdala and in this case subject lost all sense of fear (this cas...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Englishman Bob‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Englishman Bob‭

Question biology humans brain
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Q&A Adverse effects of reduced food variety on microbiome

We often see, in Sci-fi, food being produced from, say, algae or yeast. What could be the effect of such a limited diet on the gut microbiome? Would there be any believable side-effect that would h...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Marc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Marc‭

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Q&A How to keep the emotions when the brain-in-a-jar is connected to a cyborg body

Let us assume that Science has discovered how to keep a brain alive outside the body, that mind-machine interfaces are advanced enough to connect the CNS to electronic hardware and communicate mean...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Geronimo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Geronimo‭

Question brain cybernetics
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Q&A Is it possible to map the firing of neurons in the human brain so as to stimulate artificial memories to the amnesiac person?

As the title says, Is it possible to map the firing of neurons in the human brain so as to stimulate artificial memories to the amnesiac person? This is based on this similar question; Is it possi...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

Question brain memory
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Q&A is there a scientific way to extract memory from a person brain into video?

Just as the title, is there a scientific or possible way to extract past memory from a person brain into some record such as video or visual player ? I know some theory say that it possible to du...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

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Q&A It there any conceivable way nanomachines could turn a brain into a semi-organic grey goo, preserving the individual's consciousness?

I'm working on a scenario operating on Clarke's Third Law, with nanotechnology percieved as magic to humanity, and I want to create a non-spiritual afterlife for humanity. My intention was to simpl...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Wax‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Wax‭

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Q&A Reality check - cognitive cyborg with an advanced brain-computer interface

I am going to finally create a human cyborg with super-intelligence to beat an AI. It's mid 2050's and my company Neuroconnect has produced a nanotechnology BCI (brain computer interface) capable ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by J. Doe‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by J. Doe‭

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Q&A What kind of world would drive brains to evolve high-throughput sensory?

Here on "Earth" organisms tend to evolve only enough mental processing power to handle sensory inputs in modest amounts. Taking "human" brains for a quick example, even though we have millions of s...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Arash Howaida‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Arash Howaida‭

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Q&A How can high-level awareness resulting in telepathic radar be made possible in the human mind?

The humans in this setting are telepaths who are able to communicate with each other through their minds. This form of telepathy transfers simple phrases, symbols, or emotions to the designated per...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How to keep the brain alive?

So, let's say Bill wants to gain immortality. Bill is a billionaire, and so invests a large portion of his estate to Brain Transplant research. After a bit, the doctors vivisect him, and encase his...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by DT Cooper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DT Cooper‭

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Q&A Brain Micromanagement

Imagine a creature much like ourselves that can control the usage of their own mind. For example, a dying ancestor may tell some parting words which are so important that the individual explicitly...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A What happens to a human who receives more information than the brain can process?

Often in films and television shows when a person's brain is 'injected' with more information than it can handle, they suffer from immense pain. What would actually happen if you did supply a huma...

11 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Beta Decay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Beta Decay‭

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Q&A Uplifted animals have parts of their "brain" in various locations of their body. Where?

Looking at the case of Mike, I realized decentralizing the brain might not be infeasible. The idea is if Horus, the brown falcon, doesn't have enough room in his skull, then why not move various fu...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Is it possible to map the firing of neurons in the human brain so as to stimulate artificial memories in someone else?

My question is based on the following excerpt from an article I read recently: Since the early neurological work of Karl Lashley and Wilder Penfield in the 1950s and 1960s, it has become clear ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Red Robin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Red Robin‭

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Q&A How much mayhem could I cause as a sentient fish?

On our world, human minds can be transferred intact into animals. It was originally intended for people with medical conditions, but some genius thought it would be clever to store violent prisone...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Harper - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Harper - Reinstate Monica‭

Question fauna brain evil
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Q&A Brain Tick, how could it take over a host's brain?

There was once 12 kingdoms in the ancient days until the kingdom of Eo was devoured by the very forests it called home. The people of Eo have been turned into beasts wandering the woods and preying...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A What changes to the brain would occur in a werewolf transformation?

With typical modern depictions of werewolves (ie: turning into wolf-human hybrids) the victim suffers temporary amnesia and a loss of personality while transformed, is put into a state of extreme p...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Zauber Paracelsus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Zauber Paracelsus‭

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Q&A Dragon shapeshifting and memory mechanism

Dragons are biologically immortal creatures that have evolved the most versatile sexual reproduction in existence, they can morph through a cocoon into any other species from the animal kingdom tha...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Visual Cortex, superficial Brain Implant - Biological feasibility

In another question Everybody has a brain implant. What measures can a criminal take to escape justice? I assumed that a brain implant would be possible in the future for surveillance. In this que...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A Adrenaline-fueled cognition

So, I'm currently toying around with the idea of a hypercarnivorous sapient race on a planet in my universe, and I'd like to make them scary, but without abiding only by the "rule of cool". (Also n...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by SealBoi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by SealBoi‭

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Q&A What would it feel to disconnect a part of our brain?

As we see today the interconnection between the brain and computing is becoming thinner day by day, we could imagine a future that where we could install additional artificial neurons. In a world ...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by vaab‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by vaab‭

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Q&A How can you have dualism in Hard SF?

Note that the distinction between science fiction and fantasy breaks down when you add rigorous rules. If you have dragons or hovercraft is beside the point, if the distinction of being "hard" is w...

17 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A Virtual Reality and Physical Trauma

How realistic is the trope that wounds received in a virtual reality (VR) transfer to our own? Examples: In the Matrix (movie) and Neuromancer (novel), cuts, scrapes, and bruises seemingly jump f...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Englishman Bob‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Englishman Bob‭

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Q&A Would it be viable to have a pre-wired brain rather than one that is soft-wired or hard-wired?

(Edited question to meet concerns) The Problem Can you create synthetic biology that can be installed temporarily in human DNA to give people skills at birth, or are there problems, risks and lim...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Imipak‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Imipak‭

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Q&A Probing neurons to map someones brain

Could you map out all the connections in someones brain just by probing every neuron and tracking them as they send signals to each other (as opposed to every synapse, a much less ambiguous but far...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Samwise‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Samwise‭

Question technology brain
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Q&A Neurological supercharger out of thin air

Some speculation on a neurological supercharger for a sapient alien species: The supercharger is a natural biochemical compound of some sort produced and stored in a specialized brain-adjacent o...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by rek‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by rek‭

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Q&A Can a rational creature have a series of small brains instead of a large one?

My question is not human-specific. I found this question that mentions that a brain have more neuronal complexity; I deduce it is more efficient (in terms of neural communication and energy use) to...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Broken_Window‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Broken_Window‭

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Q&A What's the Optimum Shape for a Radially Symmetric Brain?

I think the idea of radially symmetric alien organisms is really exciting in the questions it raises about function and design. For those who don't know, humans are bilaterally symmetrical. If you...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Lot-Of-Malarkey‭

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Q&A How could a brain parasite enter the skull with minimal effort?

So I have a brain parasite that needs to enter the skull of a host organism (in this case humans) with the least amount of effort, but is too large to enter through the circulatory system and must ...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Anonymous‭

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Q&A How close are we to eternal consciousness?

A common trope in cyber punkish sci-fi is the ability to upload a human mind to some storage device or AI. This of course grants practical immortality but it is also the main hurdle for tropes like...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Guran‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Guran‭

Question biology brain
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Q&A How would a decrease in intelligence as a punishment be carried out?

An ideal punishment for evil scientists or geniuses would be a judicially mandated, deliberate decrease in intelligence. Let's say that a judge ordered a person's IQ to be decreased from 200 to 110...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by MedwedianPresident‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by MedwedianPresident‭

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Q&A Split-brain double identity

My character have a split brain (severed connection between left and rigt hemispheres). What is unique about his case is that not both hemispheres have the same identity any more. From what I und...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Aus‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Aus‭

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Q&A The Physiology of people living on a world with 9 year days

I have a world with days lasting 9 years. The inhabitants of this world have taken to migrating across the globe to avoid the deadly night, keeping themselves in a sweet spot. One of the biological...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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Q&A Technology that steals memories

There is a device in my story that »steals« memories from a person (I had some sort of transmitter in mind, but this can easily be modified, as long as it uses powerful long-range signals to achi...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by JanT‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JanT‭

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Q&A How much memory is needed to record a human thought?

Mind-Machine interfacing is fairly common across the width and breadth of sci-fi, from Science-fantasy to Hard Science-Fiction. The idea of connecting a human mind to a computer system especially t...

14 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Trismegistus‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Trismegistus‭

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Q&A What brain resources are needed per limb?

I have previously asked this question about the plausibility of large six-legged creatures, but I decided to split it into several more specific questions because of the advice here. I want to fi...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Inflationary_Bubble‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Inflationary_Bubble‭

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Q&A Discovering an AI in a human body

Our AI in question inhabits a synthetic brain housed in an organic and genetically modified human body (With a few other cybernetics). This body/brain combination was the result of a black project ...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Andon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Andon‭

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Q&A Is having an enormous brain truly helpful?

In the year 2020 A.D. , the inhabitants of earth are visited by a not-so-friendly race of techno-pathic AI aliens ,numbering about 500,000, and originating from a type 2 ¾ civilization from a gala...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Could a human receive an eye transplant from other animals?

So one of the aspects of my science fiction world is genetic manipulation and modification of humans by one of the factions. I am wanting to have a subset of humans who receive a single eye transpl...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ntchapin‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by ntchapin‭

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Q&A How fast could you run a human brain?

Accelerating a person's perceived sense of time is a fairly common subject in science fiction, and to keep a long story short, I was wondering just how far you could stretch time out when you're wo...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A Psychological impact of being immortal

Imagine a meta-human, one engineered to be immortal. A combination of cybernetic enhancements, genetic engineering, and other scientific modifications have made it so this human will not die from a...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Andon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Andon‭

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Q&A What are the conditions in which a creature would evolve more than one brain?

Would any creature ever need to evolve a second (or multiple) brain(s)? If so, under what conditions, why, and what implications would it have on the creature's intelligence? Note that while an o...

30 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Aify‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Aify‭

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Q&A What would make telepathy and clairvoyance scientifically plausible?

I'm looking for a hypothetical scientific discovery that would make both things possible. I'm just looking for the most plausible scenario.

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Maximum capacity of Parrot-sized Brain

After hearing about Alex the African Gray Parrot, and knowing how intelligent ravens are, just how smart could a brain of that size become? I would like to limit the responses to current known or ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by mkinson‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by mkinson‭

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Q&A Plant based lifeforms: brain equivalent?

In lots of science fiction works that visit other planets we are often introduced to intelligent plant based lifeforms, be they humanoid looking or potted plant looking. I'm curious as to what par...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by EveryBitHelps‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by EveryBitHelps‭