The U.S. Military is making plans to inject people’s brains with artificially intelligent nanobots that will give them awesome, Wolverine-like powers to heal themselves.
DARPA, the American government’s controversial, ultra high-tech military gadget and research lab, is developing wireless, “Ultra-miniaturized” and injectable electronic devices that could eventually – and quite literally – get on people’s nerves.
The five-year, $80 million government bankrolled neuroprosthetic research program is fittingly called the Electrical Prescriptions initiative. It’s part of President Obama’s BRAIN campaign to help “Warfighters and civilians suffering from traumatic injury and neuropsychiatric illness.”
DARPA says the goal of the project is to create “New, high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health.” Translated, the hope is that the agency’s tiny “Intelligent pacemaker” implants – as miniscule as individual nerve fibers – will replace medications.
They might also render obsolete the bulky, card deck-sized surgical brain implants already in use today to treat things like depression, epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Yep, the little doodads could one day help people heal themselves.