DARPA and the US military both plan to create cyborg soldiers in the near future. The process involves brain machine interfaces.
Something exciting lies in the future. DARPA is looking into the evolution of wetware that will consist of implantable brain machine interfaces. This will actually allow human beings to manipulate computers using the power of their mind.
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The whole setup was a part of the NESD program. Chemical secretions in our brains would be transferred to digital code language. Furthermore, DARPA and the US military both expect this device to be as small as two coins placed on top of one another.
The latest brain machine interfaces resemble supercomputers. So you can see what infinite possibilities there exist on the horizon when the free flow of information across the highway between the human brain and computers is opened up.
The benefits of this scheme of things will accrue in the medical field. The BMI could link up with a million neurons. Thus those patients who are suffering from eyesight defects or hearing loss will see improvements in the quality of their gadgets. And patients who are handicapped will be able to upgrade their prosthetic devices.
“Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem,” said Phillip Alvelda, the NESD program manager. “Imagine what will become possible when we upgrade our tools to really open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics.”
The whole scenario definitely seems to be a cyborgean one. The funny thing is that it is realistic and not from some sci-fi genre movie. The chips in the brain will allow translation of data from the minds of the cyborgs to computers.
The implants will lead to the soldiers being able to detect enemy location, read a map of the locale and understand the requirements of the theater of war.
These may be cyborgs but they would also be better soldiers and fighting machines that would protect the homeland from any attack by terrorists or foreign forces.
The thin fine line that separates biology from electronics will be crossed in the true sense of the word. Thus bionics will have come into its prime. The neural interface will be a one-of-a-kind arrangement.
Finally, the difference between man and machine will have been overcome and a melding of opposites would have taken place. Currently the neural interfaces are more or less faulty since the data they provide the person in whose brain they are implanted is chaotic at best.
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There is too much static on the line. But it is possible to do away with a mouse and keyboard by the year 2020 by implanting the devices in the brain of the user. This shows how far our capabilities go as a species.