12.20.11 the_matrix_1

Downloading Knowledge, Matrix-style

A recent discovery has found that it is possible to learn new tasks and skills with little to no conscious effort through fMRI manipulation, also called decoded neurofeedback.  Instantaneous learning like this occurs in the movie The Matrix, in which the characters literally download knowledge straight to their brains, and become experts in, for example, kung fu, or learn how to fly a helicopter.

The research, supported jointly by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, has many implications for the future.  For example, it has the potential to turn anyone into an olympic-level athlete…though it could also make someone bark like a dog on command, as Digital Trends postulates.  What do you think?  Can everyone be an expert?