The Pentagon is developing a new, innovative brain chip to treat PTSD in soldiers and veterans that could bring sweeping new changes to the way depression and anxiety is treated for millions of Americans.
DARPA is funding the five-year project led by University of California, San Francisco and Massachusetts General Hospital.
With $12 million (and the potential for $26 million more if benchmarks are met), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, wants to reach deep into your brain’s soft tissue to record, predict and possibly treat anxiety, depression and other maladies of mood and mind. Teams from the University of California at San Francisco, Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Medtronic will use the money to create a cybernetic implant with electrodes extending into the brain.
While it sounds high-tech, it’s a crude example of what’s possible with future brain-machine interaction and cybernetic implants in the decades ahead.
“DARPA is looking for ways to characterize which regions come into play for different conditions – measured from brain networks down to the single neuron level – and develop “therapeutic devices” that can record activity, deliver targeted stimulation, and most importantly, automatically adjust therapy as the brain itself changes,” DARPA program manager Justin Sanchez said. The project is part of President Obama’s Brain Initiative, a $100 million effort to research brain mapping that could lead to new ways of treating a wide range of brain disorders
(Hmm sounds a lot more like Military funded/supervised Mind Control,and transhuman augmentation rather than PTSD treatment. This type of announcement invariably means they’re already doing this, just prepping the gullible public for a mega roll-out.)
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