DARPA is working to improve the human senses with the help of computers
The US Defense Department is continuing its work on brain-computer interface, and through its Management Advanced Research Projects (DARPA) has signed contracts with five research groups and one private company.
The development of these technologies has been ongoing for quite some time, but the real potential of this technology began to open up recently. The main purpose of these interfaces is to create a framework for the development of more efficient technologies Neuro, which is a priority of the program DARPA Neural Engineering System Design (NESD). Under this program, the agency wants to develop a neuro-computer interfaces, high precision, can not only recover, but also to improve the human senses.
"NESD program looks to the future, in which the advanced neural devices will be able to offer increased accuracy and efficiency in a variety of medical and therapeutic purposes," - says the head of Phillip Alvelda program.
Among the six organizations that DARPA has signed the agreement, the four will be engaged in the development of technologies designed to improve the view, the other two will focus on technologies that increase the effectiveness of hearing and speech. On creation NESD program DARPA projects announced last year. At the same time the main task was to the development of neural interface systems that will pave the direct communication link between the brain and the digital world. The basic idea is to transfer electrochemical signals generated by the brain into a binary code of zeros and ones used by computers. According to some experts, due to a similar system can even be programmed our neural code.
In the future, it will not only treat people with various sensory disorders by transmitting encoded in a digital signal sensory information directly into the brain, but also improve the efficiency of existing feelings. Opening the potential of neural interface systems has attracted the attention of other parties dealing with similar technologies, the same Elon Musk, who wants to realize his project Neuralink. Its main task is to provide humanity with an opportunity to move in step with developing intelligent machines. DARPA for the key objective is to help those who suffer from sensory disorders. However, realizing that it is still a military organization, the relevant conclusions can be drawn.
"If we can find a way to transmit sensory signals directly to the brain, the NESD program can actually lay the groundwork for the emergence of new methods of neurological therapy" - adds Alvelda.
"We are facing serious difficulties. However, the team that we have chosen, have developed a number of possible solutions to enable coordinated succeed in several disciplines and lead to implementation of these efforts in full operating systems. "