Designed to make your life better!

ABOUT

Our goal is to help everybody, especially people with memory loss problems, such as Alzheimer's, amnesia, dementia, and so on. This is a big problem and it needs to be solved. You might not know the feeling personally, but it is sad when a loved one has a memory loss condition and forgets your name and other important information. To solve this tragic problem, we have come up with a solution. Our idea is a human memory chip. This chip has the brain send the memory to the chip. The chip stores your memories forever, while the brain eventually forgets. When you want to view your memories you put on the projector headpiece which will connect to the chip and you say which memory you want to watch, for example "my 5th birthday party".


Current Technology

What it looks like today

Currently, there are some powerful computer chips out there. There is the 6-core i7-4930K, which is strong and economical. There is also an IBM computer chip that has around 4 times the capacity as other chips. For our idea we would also need a projector that can connect to a headpiece and that can project holographic images. There are projectors that can make holographic images, and I think we could connect it to a headpiece.

History

Inventions that made our idea possible

In 1823, Baron Jons Jacob Berzelius discovered silicon, which today is the basic component of processors. In the year of 1903, Nikola Tesla patented the first electrical logic circuit called "gates". 1947-1948 were important years for computer chip improvement; John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley invented the first transistor. The first technology for a computer chip was invented by Jack Kilby in 1958, but it wasn't a computer chip, per say; it was just the technology that made the computer chip possible. The first commercial microprocessor computer chip was made in 1971 by Federico Faggin (shown at top) at Intel, on November 15. That is a short history of the chip (without the human memory components).

Future Technology

What it will be like in the future

The future technology is essentially current technology, but more advanced. One component is the chip. The type of chip we will use is not certain yet, but we are certain of the amount of storage that we would need. We have done the calculations and someone with today's world average life span of 72 years would need about 86.5 terabytes of storage to store a lifetime's worth of memories. So, if our idea would be invented this exact day, and implanted in a baby's head, we would need even more storage, due to life span increase because most likely the baby would live much longer than 72 years, perhaps to more than a hundred. Experts say that due to advancements in human-related technology, such as gene-editing, a baby born today could live to the age of 150! Also, our idea would be invented not today, but probably in ten to twenty years, so a baby born in ten to twenty years, could live even longer, maybe to 160 or 170! Therefore the chip would need even more storage, about 192 terabytes for someone who lives 160 years. For the projector we would use a holographic projector. They already exist, so all we would have to do would be to make a few minor changes, such as increasing the resolution.


Design Process

How we came up with the HMC

We started the process by coming up with three possible ideas: a allergy reaction prevention candy, the human memory chip, and an ocean cleaner. We narrowed it down to the ocean cleaner and the human memory chip. We decided on the human memory chip, and started formulating our invention. We then improved our idea when we had to do a presentation on our idea in class. That's how our idea came to be today.


Consequences

What our idea might cause

We have multiple consequences, including financial issues, someone stealing your memories, and more. We need to come up with a better security for our idea, or else somebody could figure out the password. The financial problems include the price we will sell it for, and how much money we will make. We have consequences, but we will be able to solve them.

Breakthroughs

Advancements made and to be made for the HMC to exist

We need multiple breakthroughs for our idea to become a reality. We would need a chip that has 200 terabytes, or more, for storage. We also need a better understanding of how our memory works, because today we don't understand very much about it. Those are the breakthroughs we need for the human memory chip.