By Free Thinker - November 28, 2021
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing computers that can be inserted into brains with the intention to inject images directly into the visual cortex.
It was reported on as far back as 2017 and has poured over $60 million of funding into the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) programme, which aims to build an implantable “neural interface”.
The "Cortical Modem" project has been showcased in transhumanist magazine Humanity Plus, which reports the agency is working on a direct neural interface (DNI) chip that could be used for "human enhancement".
Project head Dr Phillip Alvelda, Biological Technologies chief with the agency, told the Biology Is Technology conference in Silicon Valley last week the project had a short term goal of building a US$10 device the size of two stacked nickels that could deliver images without the need for glasses or similar technology.
"The implications of this project are astounding."
The seemingly dreamy research was limited to animal studies, specifically the real time imaging of a zebra fish brain with some 85,000 neurons, due to the need to mess with neuron DNA and the 'crude device' would be a long way off high fidelity augmented reality, the site reported.