Would you ever use a reset button to erase painful memories?
The Doctors discuss how scientists are working on creating microchips that would be implanted into the brain in order to delete memories. Prototypes of the chip are reportedly being tested on people suffering from epilepsy, reportedly with good results. The creator of the chip reportedly wants to eventually allow people, who are not sick, to use the technology to remove memories they don't like and even reportedly buy new memories.
The Doctors acknowledge that such a device could be helpful for people with Alzheimer's to recover lost memories, but they also see the potential for a great deal of misuse.
"I think you have to be very careful with this technology and make sure if it is used, that it is used strictly for medical purposes," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho worries that this type of technology could be used as an avoidant coping strategy for some. She also notes that this could limit how people evolve and learn from past mistakes, which she feels would hinder how we develop.