DARPA Devotes $60 Million for a Brain-Computer Interface

A connection between the human brain and the digital world – It sounds like we are in an age where technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. While I have strongly supported the advancements of technology, sometimes it still takes me by surprise. Recently, an initiative by the United States DARPA, short for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has elevated the curiosity of many people around the world.

DARPA has announced that it is aiming to design and build a human computer interface which will have the ability to record more than 1 million neurons and stimulate over a hundred thousand neurons in the brain in real time.

DARPA is offering up to $60 million to fund this initiative which is aimed to be completed in four years. The requirement is of a chip which is smaller than a cubic centimeter which will be able to provide unprecedented signal resolution as well as data transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world.

DARPA is calling it NESD which stands for Neural Engineering System Design. It can be implanted in the human brain so that it works as an indwelling wide-band interface in order to transmit data. At this time the neural interfaces that we are using are in the form of limb prosthetics which use a limited number of channels at a time.

What DARPA aims to do is going to define a whole new level in the world of computers. All of this may sound quite good but there are certain things that need to be considered before you have a chip placed inside your brain.

I for one, am going to have to think twice before putting that chip in my head which has been created by the same people who have given us warrant-less wire tapping.


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