US$65 mil­lion

FUND­ING GIVEN TO US MIL­I­TARY PROJECT TO PLUG OUR BRAINS DI­RECTLY INTO COM­PUT­ERS

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT -

The US’s De­fence Ad­vanced Re­search Projects Agency (DARPA) has re­cently un­veiled a project to re­search and de­velop a “brain chip” for use in the US mil­i­tary. Aside from the ob­vi­ous goal of us­ing said chip to cre­ate su­per sol­diers, the US$65 mil­lion project could po­ten­tially help peo­ple with brain-re­lated dis­abil­i­ties, such as paral­y­sis or blind­ness. Work has been divvied out to var­i­ous Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties and in­sti­tutes and will re­port­edly fo­cus on im­prov­ing sen­sory fi­delity (sound and vi­sion in par­tic­u­lar) in or­der to re­store or en­hance a sub­ject’s sen­sory ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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