The Pentagon has started to develop a technology that allows a soldier to be connected to an external computer via a neuro-interface facility. The new Cyborg Soldiers will join the new US Space Force and the economic plan is part of the 1400 billion allocated by Donald Trump.
As written some time ago in the journal ScienceAlert , the project was called HEN (Neural Systems Design Engineering) and involves the development and construction of military cyborgs, According to military informants and insiders, DARPA would have ready some Cyborg prototypes while others would be in phase assembly and ready for future wars.
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The new Cyborg building program aims to develop communication via an interface, allowing the human brain to exchange information with an external computer. The project is being implemented as part of the BRAIN Military (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative, with the support of the United States government.
The development of neurointerfaces with the cyborg’s external computer was designed years ago by DARPA (Projects Agency Defense Advanced Research). Now the Pentagon has given a mandate to DARPA and its affiliated firms to start the construction project of the new military Cyborgs after the construction of some already tested prototypes. Many Cyborg Soldiers will be drafted into the new US Space Force, the Space Force recently inaugurated by President Trump. The creation of the Space Force is part of a government spending package of over $ 1.4 trillion, including the Pentagon budget.
DARPA presented a biosensor no larger than one cubic centimeter. The interface provides the electrochemical conversion of neural signals into a binary computer system and vice versa. HEN (Neural Systems Design Engineering) through the feeding tube incorporated in the cyborg soldier, will increase the existing neurointerfacing capacity, in order to be able to connect the computer and the brain.
A new report by the Pentagon, “Cyborg Soldier 2050: Human / Machine Fusion and the Implications for the Future of the DoD” , details four technologies cyborg that are “technically feasible by 2050 or earlier” , including eye improvement situational awareness , programmed muscle control, auditory improvement and direct neuronal improvement of the human brain for bidirectional data transfer. You have read it well: the United States Department of Defense (DoD) wants to connect your brain to machines.
Conducted from September 2018 to August 2019, the study was prepared by a group of the Biotechnology Council for Health and Human Performance of the Department of Defense and published Monday by the Chemical Biology Center of the Combat Capabilities Development Command from army. The first feasible capacity described in the study is a cyborg eye, with two technical ways of moving forward. A route would include an “eye improvement system” that is placed over the existing eyeball, in which a soldier could learn to interpret the data that is collected.
In the other, the eyeball would be physically removed and replaced by an improved one. The data collected by the new system “would pass directly to the optic nerve bundle behind the eye . ” The study expects all these improvements to be available by 2050. They will probably begin with service subjects who have already lost part or all of their vision; It is not likely that someone with perfect eyes will remove the tissue to get cyborg vision.
“In essence, the eye would be completely artificial and able to extract any kind of sensory information and feed it directly to the brain for interpretation,” says the study.
The next cyborg ability would be to insert sensors under the skin that would help control body movement by stimulating muscles when necessary. The study says it would help reduce injury and mortality rates for soldiers through automatic risk avoidance. For example, the “sensor network” would allow someone who has lost the use of their leg due to nerve or muscle damage to continue treatment, while restoring limb function. This could even provide “long-term replacement treatment” for someone who suffered permanent damage.
In addition to improving function, the study says it would eventually allow soldiers to perform increasingly challenging functions that often lead them to the limit of their physical ability. It is true that the idea of exoskeletons is not new, but the study says that they will insert an internal system to control body functions and thus help connect it with an exosystem, which would lead to “more stable and agile physical behaviors.”
Hearing enhancement for soldiers aims not only to protect their hearing, but to improve it. The study says that due to how invasive the current technology would be, physically replacing the bones of the middle ear and the cochlea, it would only go to service members with significant hearing loss. The improvement would be irreversible. But, by 2050, new technologies may be much less invasive and more accessible. The capabilities developed in the future could even include language translation in real time.
And now the most surprising and disturbing of all: connect the brains of the soldiers to the machines . The fourth capacity the study says could be ready by 2050 includes neuronal implants that would bring a perfect interaction between the soldier and the drones, weapons systems or other “remote systems . ” It would not only allow the transmission of human data to machines, but vice versa, from machine to brain, as well as human to human interaction. It would totally eliminate the need for add-ons such as joysticks or keyboards to control technology.
Brain activity would be measured through electrodes outside the skull, or by electrodes directly implanted in the brain.
“The potential for direct data exchange between human neural networks and microelectronic systems could revolutionize the tactical communications of war fighters, accelerate the transfer of knowledge along the chain of command and ultimately dissipate the ‘fog ‘of war ,’ continues the study.
The report predicts that neuronal implants will begin to be used by Special Forces , military pilots, drone operators and intelligence personnel by 2030. By 2050, that circle will expand as technology is better understood and more widely available. As surprising as it may seem, there are dozens of questions that still need answers. For example, how will the Department of Defense handle the social, ethical and legal implications of cyborg soldiers?
It is no secret that there are a number of concerns that arise with the military use of technologies such as augmented reality: the physical integration of these advanced capabilities will not be different. There are also questions about what would happen to the soldiers with these improvements after they leave the service . The study even gave it a name: Post-Improvement Anxiety Syndrome (PEDS), which researchers hope will give soldiers “feelings of inferiority or abstinence, or even a form of depression with an unimproved state.”
The report also recognizes how people with improved auditory, visual or cognitive abilities could have a “definite competitive advantage” over “human” society . And what would the long-term maintenance be like for this type of implant? In general, the study says that scientists and engineers working with these new technologies work to understand the unintended consequences, but that the benefits of “human / machine mergers” will be important and will have a positive impact on the human quality of life. But scientists have to be told how this kind of thing ends, and it is not necessary to imagine them, the present is already happening: A devolution of humanity.
DARPA plans include creating a system capable of simultaneously interacting with millions of neurons in the brain. It can also be used in military applications. The United States, as reported in a note from the cabinet to the presidency, for now is not going unbalanced and says that the project is already in the development and creation phase and its use is now military. Engineers and scientists hope to use HEN also for medical purposes, with the recovery and treatment of neurological patients and for the sake of synthetic biology, as well as for the development of low-power electronics.
What do you think about these technological advances? Are we attending the birth of transhumanism?