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Technology consultants to DARPA may claim the secretive Department of Defense only has innovation for the betterment of humanity in mind, but some of their most outlandish projects tell a different story.
How do DARPA’s projects interact with each other and what does this truly mean for us as a civilization?
DARPA has hacked into a squid’s nervous system in order to force the animal to change its colors. What does this mean for you and me? DARPA is essentially seeing just how far they can take their mind control techniques so that even those of us who have not been overtaken with nano-bots would still be physically submissive. This same experiment is being carried out on human spies, wherein DARPA’s scientists hack into the peripheral nervous system to override autonomic functioning. Using its Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program, DARPA is attempting to take over the brain’s synaptic plasticity, so that it can tap into nerves reaching out to our extremities. While this may sound ‘cool’ at first blush, imagine the implications if someone were remotely controlling how your limbs function against your will. Ray Kurzweil has already predicted that humans will by hybrid robots by the year 2030. If DARPA has their way, he is probably late in his estimation.
DARPA is studying the human fight or flight response. The Neuroscience of threat response could be used to help bolster soldiers’ bravery who face horrifying conditions in perpetual wars, but DARPA could also be studying how we respond to stress and appropriately flee from it, in order to make us compliant in situations where normally we’d be running as fast as we could in the other direction. A $300,000 grant over two years was awarded to a researcher from the University of Colorado at Boulder, to use neuroeconomic models to study how the way we move changes when faced with threats. The lead researcher says that people seem to be ‘irrational’ in their movement choices when faced with risky situations, and while some of us have an over-stimulated fight-or-flight response from both real and imagined threats we’ve experienced in our lives, a government agency determining when we should flee and when to shut down our bodily systems to force us to stay in a dicey situation seems a bit peevish, minimally.