Flying cars, emerging technologies, 3D systems, holograms … What does the future hold? The evolution of artifial intelligence or genetic engineering are leading the human being along an unexplored path and in which many walk with feet of lead.
Is it possible to read another person’s mind? Will we develop a weapon that is capable of getting into consciousness and inquire into our deep thoughts? It seems that time is closer than we thought.
It is not the aliens who try to know what we think as it happens in the movie ‘Signs’ by M. Night Shyamalan but the US government.
What do you intend to do? According to ‘Live Science’, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA, not DHARMA as in the ‘Lost’ series).
The Department of Defense’s research area is paying several teams of scientists to invent ways to Instantly read the minds of soldiers using tools such as genetic engineering of the human brain, nanotechnology and infrared rays.
The ultimate goal? Weapons controlled with thought like swarms of drones you can send through the sky with your head or the ability to transmit images from one brain to another.
A few months ago, DARPA announced that six teams will receive funding under the Next Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology program (N3).
The participants will have the task of developing a technology that provides a bidirectional channel for a fast and uninterrupted communication between our head and the machines without the need for surgery.
Technologies that can be controlled by our mind or without the need for other tools are not a novel idea, since for more than 5 years, the World Economic Forum has been ensuring that they are the ones that will “change the future”.
Typing a computer with the mind is possible thanks to the monitoring of the electrical activity of the brain, but this technology can go a step further and allow, for example, people with disabilities to control their wheelchair through thought.
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“Imagine someone who is operating a drone or is analyzing a large amount of data,” explains Jacob Robinson, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University, who is leading one of the teams.
“There is a latency in which if I want to communicate with a machine, I have to send a signal from my head to move my fingers or my mouth to do a verbal command, and this limits the speed at which I can interact with any cybernetic system or Therefore, the idea is that we could improve that time in the interaction, “he adds.