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­.s. Military Wants to Create Cyborg Soldiers


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DC Comics' part-man, part-machine Cyborg character.

A new U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program aims to develop a chip that can be implanted in a soldier's head, effectively making him or her into a soldier cyborg.

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The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working to create a chip that can be implanted in a soldier's brain to connect it directly to computers that can deliver data on an enemy's position, maps, and battle instructions.

The implanted chip would essentially create soldier cyborgs that would be safer and better fighters.

DARPA announced this week it formed a new program to develop a neural interface that would create "unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth" between the human brain and the digital world." Although there are already some neural interfaces approved for use with humans, DARPA wants to improve the technology so the system can communicate clearly and individually with up to 1 million neurons in a specific region of the brain.

DARPA's research project will involve scientists from various fields, including neuroscience, synthetic biology, low-power electronics, photonics, medical device packaging, and manufacturing. The researchers will work on advanced mathematical and neuro-computation techniques to translate between biological-electromechanical language and digital binary code.

The military hopes to find industry partners for the research, offering prototyping and manufacturing services and intellectual property.

From Computerworld
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