DARPA Program Seeks Neural Implant for Brain-Drain Communication

Some may find this DARPA program interesting and shows the direction the USA Defense reasearch is heading

DARPA Program Seeks Neural Implant for Brain-Drain Communication

A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface
able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer
bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world. The interface
would serve as a translator, converting between the electrochemical
language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that
constitute the language of information technology. The goal is to
achieve this communications link in a biocompatible device no larger
than one cubic centimeter in size, roughly the volume of two nickels
stacked back to back. The program,
Neural Engineering System Design (NESD), stands to dramatically enhance
research capabilities in neurotechnology and provide a foundation for
new therapies.

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Achieving the program’s ambitious goals and ensuring that the envisioned
devices will have the potential to be practical outside of a research
setting will require integrated breakthroughs across numerous
disciplines including neuroscience, synthetic biology, low-power
electronics, photonics, medical device packaging and manufacturing,
systems engineering, and clinical testing. In addition to the program’s
hardware challenges, NESD researchers will be required to develop
advanced mathematical and neuro-computation techniques to first
transcode high-definition sensory information between electronic and
cortical neuron representations and then compress and represent those
data with minimal loss of fidelity and functionality.

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Sounds like they’re trying to create a borg neural transceiver. We’ll have drones running around forming a new collective in no time.

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Yea, at this stage it sounds more like allowing pilots and the like to control more things without the muscle reaction times. It takes quite a lot of milli seconds between when the brain tells the hand/finger to do something and the hand/finger actually does it.

Also it would enable them to control more things then they have fingers.

I think actually controlling the desires/humanity of the person is a few projects away for another decade. These projects can last for a decade or two. For instance the DARPA autonomous vehicle project is still in progress (in one form or another)