DARPA is developing a technology to control military drones by thought

Management of perspective research projects of the Ministry of defense (DARPA) announced the beginning of the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3), whose task is to develop non-invasive methods control the power of thought. Within it were selected six teams from different universities who are developing bi-directional interfaces, “brain-machine” for use by qualified personnel. These interfaces will allow you to “direct active systems, cyber security, swarm drones, or contact the computer system”. To obtain an appropriate control system DARPA wants over the next four years.

As the head of biotech Department, DARPA and the case Manager N3 al Amondi, in the world there are many non-invasive Neurotechnology, but not in the decisions that are required to create a high-performance wearable devices for the tasks of national security.

“DARPA is preparing for a future in which a combination of unmanned systems, artificial intelligence and cyber operations can lead to such fast-running conflicts, in which human reaction is not enough with existing technologies. Creating accessible interface “brain-computer”, which does not require surgery, DARPA provides the commander the possibility to continue to participate actively in dynamic operations, unfolding at high speeds,” commented Amandi.

In particular, we are talking about the development of technologies that will allow for only 50 milliseconds to read and write in brain cells the new information in both directions and to interact with at least 16 different points in the brain with a resolution of 1 cubic millimeter (this space encompasses thousands of neurons).

As noted in published by the Agency on its official website a press release, participation in the program to develop non-invasive methods control the power of thought take Memorial Institute of Battele, Johns Hopkins University, the company PARC, rice University, and scientists from the University Carnegie Mellon.

According to Ala Amandi, four-year program will consist of three phases of development. In the current first phase the teams will be one year in order to demonstrate the ability to record and read information from the cells of the brain. Team who will be able to solve this problem, will pass to the next phase of the program. Within 18 months they will need to develop and test prototypes of devices using laboratory animals. Groups that will cope with this task will allow you to move on to the third stage of development to test their devices with the participation of human volunteers.

The press release also States that each team took a unique approach in developing the desired system. The Memorial Institute Battele deals with the system with minimal invasive intervention. It consists of an external transceiver with electromagnetic nanostrukturami that bind to specific neurons. Nanotransporter will convert the electrical signals of neurons in the magnetic field which will accept and parse the transceiver. The same process will take place and back.

Johns Hopkins University, in turn, engaged in absolutely non-invasive, coherent optical system. She is to follow any changes in optical path length in the nervous tissue that are correlated with neural activity.

The company’s project PARC combines ultrasonic waves and magnetic fields to generate a localized electric currents for neuromodulation.

Experts rice University strive to create a minimally invasive system for identifying neural activity using diffuse optical tomography. For signal transmission in the opposite direction, that is, in the brain, the team used magnetic-genetic approach.

Scientists from the University Carnegie Mellon prefer the device that uses the acousto-optic approach for deducing information from the brain and the electric field for programming specific neurons.

“This is new uncharted territory for DARPA and the next step in the development of effective interfaces “brain-computer”. If we succeed in the development of at least some of these technologies, put the opening of a whole new ecosystem that currently exists,” added Amonde.

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