DARPA Researching “Neural Prosthetics” To Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries

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This could be good. I mean it sounds good, if that’s all it is used for, but since this is DARPA, we will never really know, but the conspiratorial types are worried.

NPR has an interview about it, and other DARPA stuff.

INSKEEP: Not only that. DARPA has been, in effect, mapping the human brain. One of the most intriguing programs was one that Annie Jacobsen could not learn very much about.

JACOBSEN: Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury. DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs center around putting brain chips inside the tissue of the brain. Since the 1950s, the Pentagon has been pursuing artificial intelligence. And we keep coming up against a barrier. And what my sources suggested to me was that the key to artificial intelligence lies inside the human brain. And the suggestion is that these brain-chip programs that DARPA keeps very classified are, in fact, prototypes to push artificial intelligence to becoming a reality.

  • I bet the transgendered community will like this.;)

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Their biggest fear is that they will be cured.

  • Maurixio Villa-Lobos

    I’m donating my brain for science. After years of picking lettuce it’s mostly water.

  • Micky C.

    Aren’t these the same cats that invented the Internet?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Yes, and many other things we use everyday.
      They actually invented a lot of stuff they don’t take credit for too.
      They will develop the idea, and the proof of concept, then they will hand off the project to either academia or the private sector for further development.
      DARPA knows they can only do so much and that the real refinement and widespread practical application of an idea will only happen in the private sector.

  • Dana Garcia

    DARPA runs some interesting projects. In June, they had a robot rodeo where the machines competed to perform disaster relief tasks that would be useful in a Fukushima-type event. Of course, improving robot technology has lots of military applications.


  • Everyone Else

    claptrap … and the best AI work is being done by video game developers, not imaginary military brain surgeons

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Being DARPA and all, there is a 50/50 chance that this is what they are shooting for…