Britain: Royal Society Report Discusses Development Neural Interface for Weapons Systems

February 7th, 2012

…and much, much more.

Via: Royal Society:

Neural interfaces can be broadly separated into devices that input into neural systems and interfaces that record activity from brains to predict motor intentions. The most common method of establishing an interface is through the external recording of EEG signals although more invasive methods, such as implanting microelectrodes into the brain, are also being investigated. For example, Braingate, a small square chip with 100 microelectrodes, has been tested on paralyzed individuals, allowing them to control the movement of a cursor by simply imagining this motion. Braingate and other similar devices are implanted intracortically by a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a bone ‘flap’ and implantation of the chip on the surface of the brain. Electrical activity is recorded from tens to hundreds of neurons from the cortical surface, especially in areas like the motor cortex that initiate movement. These signals are picked up by the implant, decoded, and fed into an artificial limb, which allows a replication of actual motion.

NIS such as Braingate could also be used to allow long-range control of motion. Electrode arrays implanted in the nervous system could provide a connection between the nervous system of an ablebodied individual and a specific hardware or software system. Since the human brain can process images, such as targets, much faster than the subject is consciously aware of (see target detection) a neurally interfaced weapons systems could provide significant advantages over other system control methods in terms of speed and accuracy. However, such developments could raise significant ethical and legal concerns (see section 3 for further discussion).


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Research Credit: RJF

One Response to “Britain: Royal Society Report Discusses Development Neural Interface for Weapons Systems”

  1. pessimistic optimist Says:
    though this courtcase has been stretching on for a long time, the edgewood labs disclosure was not insignificant. i always have trouble w/ these sorts of reports. determining whether these committees are seriously suggesting research has not been done in these fields, or that they have only just considered doing this research now in 2012 is just absurd. i make 50/50 odds that this is official public exposure of what has already been done, or the expectations for what is already coming down the pipe.

    and then there is the tech that tptb will never, ever disclose, not even in some absurd veiled fashion like this here. if we were 2 decades behind in 2000, and advancement has been progressing at an accelerated rate w/ modern military budgets, not to mention the explosion of intel agencies post 911, god only knows in 2012. many of those might be like the f-35, huge wastes of time/money, but im guessing w/ the history of medical/social tests these sob’s have that there are more than a few skeletons and corpses buried somewhere, probably unspeakably awful during the bush presidency. and what we do know was bad, between walter reid and abu graib, i have trouble picturing what may be standard practice in closed circles after all that “research”.
    something about that movie source code just put me on edge, the immortality and bodysnatching soul killers was a bit much. some kinda mashup of the invisibles cyphermen pods and camerons avatar lucid dreaming. i get a terrible feeling all these have something to do w/ the truth behind “targeted individuals”, and that its all so much worse than the horror that people imagine. but thats probably just me… maybe.

    anyway, if its not here already, im figure some career bureaucrats wetdream will soon be realized at taxpayer expense, or at least attempted on some poor fools who will never be compensated for what they lost. seems to be the trend round here, since before most of us were even born in fact. but maybe we can all get some wicked vr tech out of the whole thing, decades later down the road. im thinking of the possibilities a retinal scan display could offer sensory deprivation, coupled w/ the body transfer illusion, multiplied by neural implants, mandatory for modern professionals. aldous huxley’s a night at the feelies!

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