DARPA, the Advanced Defense Research Projects Agency, is studying technology that can read and put data into the human brain. In the heart of this research is machine control, which allows people to think to control machines to do the job.
The goal of the research is that in the future, people will wear special hats to operate remote systems.
The brain helps people perform actions by sending instructions through the nervous system to various organs, limbs and parts of the body. The brain easily constantly sends commands to do everything, from driving, to preparing breakfast. To operate machines today, people need an intermediary, a physical control system that we interact with on body parts.
If research is successful, people do not need to be in such dangerous positions
What will happen if people can leave this intermediary, operate the machine just by thinking? DARPA is funding the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) Neurological Technology project. The goal of N3 is to create a system that controls machines, weapons, can interact directly with the human brain. According to IEEE Spectrum, DARPA is experimenting with ways to control the human brain through magnetic fields, electric fields and ultrasound.
If successful, this will be extremely significant. Instead of designing complex control systems for each type of machine or weapon, engineers instead just need to create a control system that works according to their mind. This can also apply to data security measures, administrators can "feel" the intrusion into the network they manage.
Of course, this is not an easy study, DARPA gave six development teams up to $ 19.48 million (more than 455 billion VND), each group has a year to prove its potential. Controlled by the human brain, then there will be another 18 months to test on animals.