Glimpse of Immortality; the Brainwave Microchip with Total Recall of Your Life

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Glimpse of Immortality; the Brainwave Microchip with Total Recall of Your Life


Byline: PAUL FIELD

IT could be a window to your soul, or simply the ultimate in home movies.

Every moment of your life - down to each sight, sound, touch, taste and smell - played back to your loved ones years after you have gone.

The total recall would be retrieved from a microchip which had been attached to your brain, evoking scenes from Dennis Potter's controversial TV play Cold Lazarus.

The microchip could help crack unsolved crimes and even offer hope for sufferers of Alzheimer's disease.

That is the theory, anyway, being put forward by scientists at British Telecom's research laboratory at Martlesham Heath near Ipswich.

They admit the chip has not yet been built but insist its production is a formality.

They are confident it will be available by 2025, on sale in the high street for [pounds sterling]500.

Dr Chris Winter, who heads the BT Artificial Life team, said the microchip would act like the `black box' recording device on aircraft.

He insisted: `This is the end of death, immortality in the truest sense.

`Future generations would be able to reconstruct you because your life, your soul, would live forever in silicone.'

The microchip could be attached to a wristwatch-style mini-computer with probes going to all the sensory points in the brain, particularly the optic nerve.

Dr Winter said: `The probes would send messages back to the chip, recording virtually everything seen through life, our touch, smell, taste and hearing. …

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