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April 16, 2008 3 Comments
Neurowarfare is defined, at least in part, as the “direct neurological control of weapon systems,” and the application of the technology involved includes “the control of prosthetics of wounded soldiers” and “the guidance of unmanned aerial vehicles.”
The term neurowarfare or neurotechnology may also be used to describe “the use of weapons that target the human central nervous system,” including research into “creating agents that would cause fatal overloads of bliss.”
Per a Cornell International Law Journal article, “Brave New World: Neurowarfare and the Limits of International Humanitarian Law,” DARPA has been working on “Human Assisted Neural Devices,” previously referred to as “Brain-Machine Interfaces.”
Including DARPA‘s “Roborat,” described as:
The impetus for creating the Brain Machine Interface Program was DARPA’s creation of “Roborat,” a rat with direct neural connections to a wireless brain modem.
The movements of the rat could be controlled by remotely stimulating the somatosensory cortical area via the modem so as to mimic sensations to the rat’s whiskers and then rewarding the pleasure center of the rat’s brain, the medial forebrain bundle, by shocking the rat’s brain when it obeyed the operator’s control.