DARPA researchers to push the limits of reading and writing human brain neurons

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) started a new project this week to dramatically increase the number of human brain neurons that can be read simultaneously, according to the MIT Technology Review. In four years, DARPA wants a breakthrough from neuroscientists that will record from 1 million neurons simultaneously. DARPA will spend $60 million under the broader Whitehouse BRAIN Initiative to fund research in the top neuroscience labs across the country.  The applications for a brain computer interface (BCI) at this point is speculative. Achieving the project goal would significantly extend scientists’ ability to understand how the brain works, and would enable high-fidelity control of robotic limb and high-resolution electronic vision prosthetics. The report didn’t provide any reason for a normal person to accept such an adaption, but this research…


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