The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program which would incorporate brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) into the military, SingularityHub reported.
The N3 program would provide an average of $20 million to each of the six academic teams tasked with engineering different types of BMIs. In order to link machines to soldiers’ brains without invasive surgery, the project is looking towards using “three different kinds of natural phenomena for communication: magnetism, light beams, and acoustic waves”.
DARPA hopes to enable able-bodied soldiers to more efficiently solve combat challenges as well as help “veterans and other people with debilitating nerve damage”. While SingularityHub alluded to the negative implications such as the possibility of soldiers distancing themselves “from the emotional guilt of warfare”, the program is under the supervision of external advisors with expertise in bioethical issues.
If the N3 program proves to be successful, the new technology would “revolutionize medical treatment” in its applications to civilians.