The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is selecting research teams to develop a neural interface that would allow soldiers to link their brains to military systems so those systems could send data directly to their minds.
DARPA's Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology (N3) program aims to provide users with the ability to control, feel, and engage with remote machines as if they were extensions of their own bodies.
N3 will follow two research tracks: non-invasive interfaces external to the body, and minutely invasive interfaces in which users may need to ingest chemical compounds so external sensors can interpret their brain waves. Both tracks involve bidirectional interfaces that read brain activity as well as write new data back to users.
Said DARPA’s Al Emondi, "As we approach a future in which increasingly autonomous systems will play a greater role in military operations, neural interface technology can help warfighters build a more intuitive interaction with these systems."
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