The Pentagons Mind Experiments

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The Pentagon’s growing interest in the brain for everything from mind-controlled vehicles to advanced prosthetics.

The Pentagon’s expanding work in neuroscience in recent years has focused heavily on medical applications, like research to understand traumatic brain injury, but a good portion of the past decade’s work has also been on concepts that are intended to help the military fight wars more effectively, such as studying ways to keep soldiers’ brains alert even after days without sleep. Under the rubric of “Augmented Cognition,”

Darpa has also pursued a number of military technologies, like goggles that would monitor a soldier’s brain signals to pick up potential threats before the conscious mind is aware of them. While some of the applications might be a generation away, or may never arrive, like mind-controlled drones, others, like the brain-monitoring goggles, are already in testing .

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Future tech – Tattoos for electronic telepathy and psychokinesis

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Researchers are now working on wireless flexible electronics as thin as human hair, that can read brain activity. Such devices, they claim, will enable humans to control machines and communicates just by thoughts. By using award-winning technology epidermal electronics,scientists have created these 100 micron thick devices – brain machine interfaces – barely visible on skin and hence pretty easy to conceal from others.

We have seen patients controlling robotics body parts through brain implants, but that is an invasive technology – suitable for those who need them medically. Epidermal electronics are expected to eliminate need of such invasive technologies and of conventional devices being used to measure neural signals, which rely on rigid or mildly flexible construction and bulky cables for signal conduction.

Two teams of researchers, one led by Todd Coleman and another by John Rogers at UIUC, are developing foldable, stretchable electrode arrays that can non-invasively measure neural signals (i.e. EEG) without the need for gel. These can be used as epidermal electronics and like the temporary tattoos, devices built can be applied on the forehead for reading brain activity.

Capable of detecting electrical signals linked with brain waves, these devices also incorporate solar cells for power and antennas that allow them to communicate wireless-ly or receive energy. Previously, Coleman and team had found that volunteers could remotely control airplanes by using caps studded with electrodes. They flew an unmanned aerial vehicle over cornfields in Illinois. Though practicability of the electronic tattoos is not proven for piloting planes, Coleman says his team is actively working on that.

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University creates first wireless, implanted brain-computer interface

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Another (not so) subtle technological development on the Transhumanist Front

Researchers at Brown University have succeeded in creating the first wireless, implantable, rechargeable, long-term brain-computer interface. The wireless BCIs have been implanted in pigs and monkeys for over 13 months without issue, and human subjects are next.

Historically BCI”s have been bulky and tethered to a computer. A tether limits the mobility of the patient, and also the real-world testing that can be performed by the researchers. Brown’s wireless BCI allows the subject to move freely, dramatically increasing the quantity and quality of data that can be gathered — instead of watching what happens when a monkey moves its arm, scientists can now analyze its brain activity during complex activity, such as foraging or social interaction. Obviously, once the wireless implant is approved for human testing, being able to move freely — rather than strapped to a chair in the lab — would be “rather empowering”.

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The Brain Could Become the Ultimate Weapon

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As the sun sets over a desert riddled with enemy fighters, a solitary Special Forces officer slips on his helmet.

He chooses his next move, and his thoughts are transmitted silently to the rest of his unit. As he picks up his weapon, his helmet reads his thoughts, directing an autonomous combat robot positioned nearby to cover his advance. A continuous data stream from his brainwave-monitoring helmet transmits feedback on his stress levels and the information load on his brain to his commanding officer.

Thanks to a skin patch delivering drugs into the bloodstream, his stress levels are in check, and, despite sleeping for just two of the past 72 hours, he’s still thinking clearly. Besides, when he enrolled for duty he was screened for his ability to manage highly stressful situations, and his brain scans showed him to be a calm, fast-thinking risk-taker – the perfect soldier.

This scenario sounds futuristic, and to some extent it still is. But recent advances in neuroscience are bringing many of these concepts closer to reality, and prototypes of some of these systems are available now. While the 20th century saw a revolution in weaponry, military engagements of the 21st century could be transformed by a new focus on the brain.

Brain-scanning helmets, neural stimulation and drug enhancement are part of this revolution. “We’re on the threshold of all these things,” says Rod Flower, a biochemical pharmacologist at Queen Mary, University of London. “In the future, the scope for neuroscience to give a military advantage could be very large.”

Featuring predictions and hopes for the future, the report concluded that “a growing understanding of neuroscience offers huge scope for improving soldiers’ performance and effectiveness on the battlefield”. Right now, research groups around the world either run or funded by military organisations are conducting research and field trials on everything from drugs that boost reaction times to binoculars that tap into their wearer’s unconscious mind.

Ed:*(It is true that the mind is the ultimate weapon, it’s also true that the mind is the gateway to human freedom, which in my eye’s is the ultimate power that all of us should have. However The cutting edge of Neuroscience and Nanotechnology have decided to serve Corporate/Military interests,in search of more money for research rather than working for the benefit of all Mankind)*

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Scientists Want Military to Close the ‘Mutant Gap’ With Biomodded Soldiers

Greater strength and endurance. Enhanced thinking. Better teamwork. New classes of genetic weaponry, able to subvert DNA. Not long from now, the technology could exist to routinely enhance — and undermine — people’s minds and bodies using a wide range of chemical, neurological, genetic and behavioral techniques.

It’s warfare waged at the evolutionary level. And it’s coming sooner than many people think. According to the futurists at the U.S. National Intelligence Council, by 2030, “neuro-enhancements could provide superior memory recall or speed of thought. Brain-machine interfaces could provide ‘superhuman‘ abilities, enhancing strength and speed, as well as providing functions not previously available.”

Qualities that today must be honed by years of training and education could be installed in a relative instant by, say, an injection or a targeted burst of electricity to the brain. Rapid advancements in neurology, pharmacology and genetics could soon make such installations fairly easy.

These modifications could give rise to new breeds of biologically enhanced troops possessing what one expert in the field calls “mutant powers.”

Ten years ago, there were all sorts of biomods enthusiasts roaming the halls of the Pentagon’s premiere science division. In 2002 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched an ambitious effort aimed at tweaking troops’ physiology to reduce their susceptibility to stress, sleep deprivation, fatigue, pain and blood loss while enhancing their memory and learning. The idea was to help soldiers “perform at their peak, stay at their peak,” one former Darpa official told Wired.

The program was called Metabolic Dominance. It promised to produce America’s first mutant warriors

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Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare

Once again to prove a point, this upcoming transhumanist type technology is first being researched and developed by the worlds most powerful military. Why? is it because they know that this type of technology if freely given to the masses could change the whole world.

It’s been fashionable in military circles to talk about cyberspace as a “fifth domain” for warfare, along with land, space, air and sea. But there’s a sixth and arguably more important warfighting domain emerging: the human brain.

This new battlespace is not just about influencing hearts and minds with people seeking information. It’s about involuntarily penetrating, shaping, and coercing the mind in the ultimate realization of Clausewitz’s definition of war: compelling an adversary to submit to one’s will. And the most powerful tool in this war is brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies, which connect the human brain to devices.

Where BCIs can provide opportunities for injured or disabled soldiers to remain on active duty post-injury, enable paralyzed individuals to use their brain to type, or allow amputees to feel using bionic limbs, they can also be exploited if hacked. BCIs can be used to manipulate … or kill.

Outside the body, recent experiments have proven that the brain can control and maneuver quadcopter drones and metal exoskeletons. How long before we harness the power of mind-controlled weaponized drones – or use BCIs to enhance the power, efficiency, and sheer lethality of our soldiers?

Given that military research arms such as the United States’ DARPA are investing in understanding complex neural processes and enhanced threat detection through BCI scan for P300 responses, it seems the marriage between neuroscience and military systems will fundamentally alter the future of conflict.

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Advance in mind control of computers

Researchers from Stanford University in California have developed an algorithm that translates the neurological signals for movement with greater than ever speed and accuracy.

The system, which relies on a silicon chip implanted in the brain, has been used to allow monkeys to control computer cursors – but could one day control prosthetic limbs.

‘These findings could lead to greatly improved prosthetic system performance and robustness in paralysed people,

When a paralysed person imagines moving a limb, cells in the part of the brain that controls movement still activate as if trying to make the immobile limb work again, the researchers explain.

Even where a neurological injury or disease has severed the pathway between brain and muscle, the region where the signals originate often remains intact and functional.

Previous research into the field of neural prosthetics has begun to develop brain-implantable sensors able to measure signals from individual neurons, interpret them, and use them to control computer cursors using thoughts alone. But the new algorithm developed at Stanford, known as ReFIT, vastly improves the speed and accuracy of the control.

Nano Technology Mind Control

Mind Control is not Science Fiction anymore. It is an established fact. And the U.S. is one of it’s biggest proponents, there is a traceable history of social manipulation
(I.E.Edward Bernay’s: Propaganda). And direct mind control experiments (MK Ultra).

You think once this was discovered back in the 70’s they would have just given up on this…NO WAY! once you can manipulate and control the human mind itself your power is unlimited.

DARPA Wants to Give Soldiers Robot Surrogates, Avatar Style

In the movie Avatar, humans hooked themselves up to brain-machine-interface pods with which they could control giant genetically engineered human-alien hybrids. It’s just a movie, but DARPA, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, doesn’t care: It wants this kind of system to be real, just replace “giant genetically engineered human-alien hybrids” with “robots.”

In its 2013 budget, DARPA has decided to pour US $7 million into the “Avatar Project,” whose goal is the following: “develop interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate.”

That word “surrogate” implies something more than just telepresence, and indeed DARPA does specify that it is looking for “key advancements in telepresence and remote operation of a ground system.” But we’re perfectly free to speculate on what those “key advancements” are, which again comes back to “surrogate.” To me, the implication is that there’s going to be some technology that effectively puts the user “inside” the remote system, whether it’s through immersive VR or exoskeleton or some sort of direct brain control. Either of these things is a realistic possibility, especially if DARPA’s tossing a couple million at the problem.