DARPA is implanting chips in soldiers’ brains

For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted. But creating super soldiers isn’t the only thing that DARPA is trying to do. In a new book, journalist Annie Jacobsen reports on government scientists’ hope that implanting chips in soldiers will unlock the secrets of artificial intelligence, and allow us to give machines’ the kind of higher-level reasoning that humans can do. “When you see all of these brain mapping programs going on, many scientists wonder whether this will [be what it takes]…


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