Scenes from the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Universal Soldier may become reality, as the US military is working on the development of an implantable chip which could turn soldiers into real-life cyborgs by attaching their brains to computers, Tech Times reported.
The new interface is being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The project plans to connect the human brain and modern electronics, the source said.
A bio-compatible chip would be no larger than 1 cubic centimeter and act as a translator to convert “electrochemical language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology,” ScienceAlert reported.
f things turn out as planned, the new interface would allow the US military to have cyborg-soldiers with enhanced battle capabilities through a digital system, the science news source said.
Although the military use would most likely be the first use for the new interface, its potential uses go far beyond the battlefield. The device could become a breakthrough advancement for neuroscience, synthetic biology and low-power electronics, just to name a few things, according to ScienceAlert.
The US military hopes that major defense companies will partner with the DARPA, so the agency could work on further research.