Is the government testing chip implants in soldiers’ brains?

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Has the government started testing microchip implants in soldiers’ brains?  This sounds like something straight out of the X-Files, but it actually appears to be true.  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been tasked with working with microchips on soldiers’ brains by the Defense Sciences department.

Microchip implant for the human brain.
Microchip implant for the human brain.

Much like the black box used in airplanes the microchip brain implant will record your every moment and make it possible to obtain information of your final moments.  The University of Utah has already developed a similar chip. The brain chip delivers signals from an external source directly into the brain for interpretation.

Brain implant of microchip.
Brain implant of microchip.

Right about now you’re probably thinking, “WTF?!”  Apparently, DARPA has been dreaming for decades of turning soldiers into cyborgs, and now it’s finally happening.  The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that could one day enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains.

MIT has been working on this type of work for a while now.  In fact, MIT touts they can now implant memories in your brain.  Are we edging ever closer to the Sc-Fi world of Universal Soldier?

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However, some transhumanists take a more optimistic view of this technology.  They believe that this research is important well beyond use in soldiers, and could become a key “upgrade” for humans in the coming decades.  But with most research like this, the implant will begin with military personnel and it will be decades before the technology is extended to regular citizens for use.

We are close to seeing a break away society where only the elite will be able to afford to live forever.  What do you think?  Be sure to let your thoughts on this subject be known in the comment section below.

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