In the next four years (beginning in 2016), DARPA will invest up to $60 million in the Neural Engineering System Design program. This program's purpose is to research and develop a cubic-centimeter-sized brain implant that can translate human thoughts into computer code, and vice versa. By rapidly communicating between up to one million neurons and a digital interface, the implant would enable the transfer of data to and from the brain. The therapeutic implications are staggering--for example, these "cyborg brains" could allow blind people to see by receiving visual information from a digital source.
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DARPA is investing up to $60 million in the research and development of devices capable of rapidly translating thought into computer code. 00:57
A neural implant that can translate thoughts into code could have many therapeutic applications, such as helping blind people to see. 01:55
New neural technology could allow humans to communicate seamlessly with computers without typing, speaking, or moving. 02:11
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