A New DARPA Project: Targets the Brain

Tech BrainDARPA, which stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working on creating a computerized-implantable chip or “brain-computer interface system”, as stated by Mr. Alvelda, NESD (Neural Engineering System Design) program manager (DARPA, 2016) NESD is the program that is responsible for the research. The idea of this chip is to translate the neurons in our brains into ones and zeros and vice versa. This will assist medical research as well. DARPA has been around since 1958 and its job it to conduct technological research for national security and that includes the military. Are we on the path to real life cyborgs on Earth, in particular our soldiers? If you research this topic on your own, you’ll find several articles that state just that, cyborg soldiers. Will it ever happen, who knows? And how far will scientists, researchers, and medical professionals go with this brain-computer interface system? Who will be the guinea pigs for such an experiment? Who will get them implanted after they are deemed successful and why?

I find this topic to be rather interesting especially because I am a veteran myself and the idea of having cyborg soldiers or cyborg humans period leaves me with a feeling that is pretty much unexplainable. I say this because technology is created and used to make our lives better, easier, quicker, and the list goes on about the good it can bring. The problem is that there is always the bad, too. What will be the good things that come out of a brain-computer interface system and what could be the bad? If a computer will be able to translate electrochemical information from our brains, what exactly will it be able to understand – our every thought? I don’t think anyone wants anyone to know their EVERY thought. This project is part of Obama’s Brain Initiative and is set to conduct research over the next four years, so we shall see what comes of it. What do you think about the implantable brain chip? Good or no good? Leave us a comment and check out the links below.

http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2015-01-19
http://www.newsweek.com/us-military-plans-cyborg-soldiers-new-darpa-project-418128

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