Memories Selectively, Safely Erased In Mice
ScienceDaily (2008-10-23) — Targeted memory erasure is no longer limited to the realm of science fiction. A new study describes a method through which a selected set of memories can be rapidly and specifically erased from the mouse brain in a controlled and inducible manner. New and old memories have been selectively and safely removed from mice by scientists. … > read full article
From what I understand,†they inject a chemical into the subject’s brain and then prompt him to remember whatever it is†they want him to forget. By using pictures, sounds, or smells,†it would be completely involuntary. Once the treatment has begun, the administrator could force the subject to forget anything at all. The process could have a huge random element because of the interconnectedness of all memory. It’s new, though. Now that the method has been discovered, it can be refined to improve accuracy and safety.†
I can imagine very few good uses for this and many very bad uses.