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Army Researching How Soldiers Could Communicate via Brains Signals

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Troops from the U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, take part in live fire exercises during the multinational DEFENDER Europe 20 military exercises at the Drawsko Pomorskie training grounds on August 11, 2020 at Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland. (Omar Marques/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 27 November 2020 12:54 PM

New research could lead to soldiers using their brains to silently talk to one another with the help of a computer.

The project, funded by the Army Research Offices, successfully separated brain signals that influence action or behavior from signals that do not, C4ISRNET reported.

“Here we’re not only measuring signals, but we’re interpreting them,” said Hamid Krim, a program manager for the Army Research Office.

The Independent newspaper reported that researchers had monitored the actions of a monkey reaching for a ball to separate motion brain signals from other activity. They are now looking to identify other signals, outside of motion.

The military eventually wants to get to the point where a machine detects when a soldier’s brain signals the service member is growing tired and allows the military to take corrective action, according to C4ISRNET.

 And Krim said researchers could build on the findings to allow brains and computers to communicate while soldiers are in the field. 

“In a theater, you can have two people talking to each other without ... even whispering a word,” Krim said.

“So you and I are out there in the theater and we have to ... talk about something that we’re confronting. I basically talked to my computer — your computer can be in your pocket, it can be your mobile phone or whatever — and that computer talks to ... your teammate’s computer. And then his or her computer is going to talk to your teammate.”

But Krim said any machine-human interface using brain signals is probably decades away.

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