DARPA's New Project Is Investing Millions in Brain-Machine Interface Tech
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June 7, 20197 min read, 1327 words

DARPA's New Project Is Investing Millions in Brain-Machine Interface TechDARPA's New Project Is Investing Millions in Brain-Machine Interface Tech

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Published: June 7, 2019  |  7 min read, 1327 words
When Elon Musk and DARPA both hop aboard the cyborg hypetrain, you know brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are about to achieve the impossible. BMIs, already the stuff of science fiction, facilitate crosstalk between biological wetware with external computers, turning human users i...
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Well Sourced
June 8, 2019
A bit sensaltionist but nonetheless a well written, well-sourced and informative piece. Additionally, the author has the requisite credentials which lends further credibility to the weight of the piece.
June 8, 2019
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Sensational
June 7, 2019
The DOD has been funding this research for over a decade. The stated purpose of these grants is to develop a neural interface for amputees or otherwise disabled people to control motorized prosthetics (and to take back sensory information). Some labs are directly applying new technologies in patients and seeing some results, most are using and developing these technologies to better research how the brain works in general, in rodents. The fact of the matter is that these technologies (including near future research goals) require surgery (drilling a hole in the skull) as well as an implant connecting port (imagine a usb port sticking out of your head). On top of that, signals can decay, and so the probe may need to be replaced every 6-18 months. Essentially, these technologies, as they are now and in the next ~8 years at least, will never be used for non-medical purposes. Just want the real information to be out there.
June 7, 2019
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Well Sourced
June 9, 2019
It's important to remember this is about research. But this is a nice article about where the research is focused and where it could go.
June 9, 2019
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Investigative
June 11, 2019
This article is well written, and covers some potential outcomes of this research with some informed speculation. Most of the relevant information is relayed in an easily digestible manner, and the breakdown of how the technologies work in theory, while mostly high level explanations, does emphasize enough complexity to construe the point to the reader. Overall, well written.
June 11, 2019
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Speculation
June 10, 2019
Although the author speculates at times about the future uses of the technology and the intentions of those working on it, overall the piece is very informative and well-researched.
June 10, 2019
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