If you love the Matrix and strongly believe that it should come to life, you might have to wait just a little longer. The US military is developing a brain chip that will connect humans to the computers.
DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is developing a chip, much like the one used in Matrix, to create “super soldiers” and allow doctors to let blind people see and paralyzed people walk once again. $65 million (over 400 crore rupees) has been allotted for this program that will allow humans to plug into computers directly.
Five universities have been selected by DARPA for its Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program that will collaborate with DARPA for the development of the prototype chips. The universities that will receive a total grant of $65 million for the development are Brown University, Columbia University, The Seeing and Hearing Foundation, the John B. Pierce Laboratory, Paradromics Inc and the University of California, Berkeley .
Four selected teams will focus on creating vision interfaces and two will work on creating and demonstrating working systems on hearing and speech. This program will also help advance the knowledge of scientists in relation to the neural aspects of vision, speech and hearing that continue to remain a mystery, even with the most advanced technology used.
Phillip Alvelda, the founding NESD Program Manager, said,
The NESD program looks ahead to a future in which advanced neural devices offer improved fidelity, resolution, and precision sensory interface for therapeutic applications.
The first year of the program will focus on making breakthroughs in hardware, software and neuroscience and testing in animals and cells. The second phase will focus on integrating neural technology and initial human testing. The goal is to develop a chip no bigger than one cubic centimeter to fit into the brains of the humans.