The Military Wants Your Brain to Speak Directly to Computers

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - 8:06PM
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - 8:06PM
The Military Wants Your Brain to Speak Directly to Computers
Asking Siri a question only to have her tell you what she "found on the web" for something unrelated is kind of impressive, we guess, but the U.S. military has much higher aspirations when it comes to humans' ability to speak to computers. Specifically, they're developing a way for your brain to directly communicate with a machine.

There actually already exists some technology that allows limited communication between human brains and computers, but it's far too slow to be of any real use to anyone. But the new program DARPA is building hopes to fix this problem. It's called Neural Engineering System Design (NESD), and it would work by implanting a chip in the brain that serves as a translator. This chip would be capable of translating the neural language of the brain into the binary language of computers, and of doing so at lightning speed. Basically, you would be able to communicate with your computer just by thinking.

The reason for creating the technology isn't to make people even more distracted than they already are, but rather to fix real world problems. Like, for example, a blind person with the implant would theoretically be able to see through a computerized camera that was in contact with the chip. And that would be very cool indeed.

So forget everything you think you know, the future is now.

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