Mind Wiping Devices (Men in Black) To celebrate National Science and Engineering Week, which runs from the 15 to 24 March 2013, a host of proper real-life scientists took the time to speak to us about the chances of some of sci-fi cinema’s most classic gadgets becoming a reality. First up, Men In Black ‘s Neuralyzer…. The kit: The Neuralyzer is a key bit of kit for the Men in Black . About the size of a cigar, it gives a bright flash which destroys the memories of the past hours, days, weeks, months or years, depending on the chosen settings. Which could be really useful when you wake up after a few too many drinks to find you’ve insulted/spraypainted/abused your partner/parents/boss. What are the chances? Neil Levy, Deputy Director (Research) of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, University of Oxford: “So far as I can tell, the technology is not at all realistic, in the near to midterm future, given its scope. We don’t have the technology to target specific memories without devastating other areas of the brain. With certain drugs however, such as Propofol, we can already effectively delete very recent memories, so if events are really recent then… Read full this story
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