The mind control of weapons is a new secret Pentagon project that could one day allow troops to connect to military systems using brainwaves and allowing those systems to transmit information directly back, according to the website Nextgov.com Tuesday.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking to hire teams that will develop "a neural interface" that will allow troops to communicate and control their systems with thoughts, Nextgov.com wrote. The program is called Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology, or N3, the website said.
"DARPA seeks proposals to design, build, demonstrate, and validate a nonsurgical neural interface system to broaden the applicability of neural interfaces to the able-bodied warfighter," a statement on the website FedBizOpps.gov stated earlier this year. "The final technology aims to enable neural recording and stimulation with sub-millimeter spatial resolution."
Nextgov.com wrote that the technology one day would let people control, feel and interact with a remote machine as though it were a part of their own body.
"From the first time a human carved a rock into a blade or formed a spear, humans have been creating tools to help them interact with the world around them," Al Emondi, the program manager at DARPA's Biological Technologies Office, said, per Nextgov.com.
"The tools we use have grown more sophisticated over time … but these still require some form of physical control interface — touch, motion or voice. What neural interfaces promise is a richer, more powerful and more natural experience in which our brains effectively become the tool," Emondi continued.
DARPA admitted in March, this technology faces significant scientific and engineering challenges, according to the website Defense News.
The most critical challenge would be solving the physics of the scattering and weakening of brain signals as they pass through skin, skull and brain tissue, the DARPA statement said, according to the Defense News.
Once that challenge is conquered, researchers could move on to developing algorithms for encoding and decoding neural signals, evaluating system safety through animal testing and ultimately asking human volunteers to test the technology, the Defense News wrote.
Nextgov.com wrote that participating DARPA teams will have four years to create a working neural interface.
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