Mind-controlled weapons not a pipedream for DARPA

May 30, 2019, 8:09 AM EDT
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For DARPA, the Department of Defense’s research arm in the U.S., mind-controlled weapons are no flight of fancy. The agency is reportedly funding a research into how tools like nanotechnology, infrared beams, and genetic engineering of the human brain could be employed to peek into soldiers’ minds, a capability that could set the foundation for the development of thought-controlled weapons.

Earlier this month, DARPA unveiled its plan to fund six teams that will work on developing technology that allows direct communication between the human brain and machines, which, as explained by a team member, would eliminate the time lag that slows man-machine interaction in critical applications in both military and civilian domains, notes Live Science.

As part of DARPA’s Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3), one of the teams will try to inject genetic material into specific neurons to produce a set of two proteins that will facilitate direct communication between the brain and machines without any invasive surgery or interface, reports Syfy Wire.