welcome to the future

by twit

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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.

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3 Responses to welcome to the future

  1. Necrophobic says:

    We’re not there yet, but well on our way…
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7351314.stm

  2. Indeed. That reminded me of the report about armed robots being deployed to Iraq last year, the ones that had just a teensy glitch:

    “The SWORDS — modified versions of bomb-disposal robots used throughout Iraq — were first declared ready for duty back in 2004.

    But concerns about safety kept the robots from being sent over the the battlefield. The machines had a tendency to spin out of control from time to time.”

    http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/08/httpwwwnational.html

    and on my way to that link, I found one this one about DARPA’s development of the “Robofly”

    “Various researchers have spent years developing robotic insects, including some that might someday fly through the air, detecting biotoxins and conducting remote surveillance.”

    http://www.boingboing.net/2007/07/20/robofly-takes-off.html

    It is kind of remarkable that our government, once it develops a technology that even manually controlled, has a tendency to spin out of control, now it thinks it is a decent idea to attach an armed robot to a human brain. Since we understand how a brain works, of course. And since brains never malfunction or spin wildly out of control…

  3. Kyle Ogden says:

    Is there any evidence that a wireless brain modem has been created by the implantation of Nano-Transponders?

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