By Mikaprok for SouthFront
2013. Arlington, Virginia. In the hotel’s conference room, near the US Department of Defense building, is a crowd of posh dressed scientists. They are followed by a few hundred more viewers, thanks to an online broadcast.
The ceremony is announced by the (then) President of the United States, Mr. Obama.
A small step for the accidental head of the White House and a giant event for humanity.
A month before, Mr. Obama signed a decree on the creation of an over-ambitious state project, comparable in scale with the flight to the moon. This time there is some clear goal for the national economy.
Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) is designed to offer methods and technologies for the treatment of neurological, genetic diseases, brain trauma, and to promote all research leading to the restoration of normal functions of the nervous system.
The initial contribution of the state to the pocket of academic personnel until the end of 2014: $ 1.3 billion. More than reasonable, given the budget of the Mr. Musk empire.
List of involved located on the three pages. Of course in the forefront: the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Kavli Foundation.
Regarding the former. It was at the meeting of the Kavli Foundation in the UK that the idea of research was formulated: to fix the signals of the maximum number of neurons and to simulate their work.
It looks like a pure academical problem, but turned out to be more than practical.
The project’s leader – experienced Spanish neuroscientist Rafael Yuste, who recently has attempted to get a grant for similar purpose through Columbia University.
The first step of the research is mapping the brain with new methods. Within the framework of BRAIN, an appendix Brain Activity Map (BAM) was opened.
Who allocated the biggest portion of money from subsidizing organizations for “medical” purposes?
You will be very surprised, but this is DARPA.
The first results were announced in a year and 2 months – in July 2014.
I think we would never have known about them, but state had to publish the results of the grant drawing from the budget money. In this case: $ 37.5 million.
“Nature” published a short note on the sensation. In fact, the equivalent to Mars travel.
Within the framework of the BRAIN project, the agency decided to share a grant between two groups of scientists who suggest doing a brain implant that helps memory routine.
This is the official wording.
If you read carefully, it turns out that the implant does not help, but restores memory and treats the post-traumatic syndrome of veterans.
How is that?
Its device implants before the onset of unpleasant consequences, writes everything and at the right moment it activates and restores individual fragments of memory (!).
If the brain tissue is not damaged, of course.
Grant delivery opened the doors to the DoD test ground.
There is no up-to-date information, but we must assume that the work was carried out successfully.
Because this passive technology in two years moved to be active.
The DARPA team, chaired by the notorious Edward Chang (Google AI, HTC Big Data), presented at the regular meeting of the American Society of Neurosciences a device for the treatment of epilepsy and motor disorders.
This is another implant, but with a qualitative difference in performance.
In the “learning” state the device functions like the previous one, but in the active state it controls the feelings and behavior of a person through microelectric impulses.
ow exactly does the device understand that it’s time to act?
The answer is: the algorithm (AI) records a typical card for the functioning of the patient’s brain (BAM) and aligns its signals in the event that something goes wrong.
It has a function of mobile control. Just in case, for emergency shutdown.
The device is ready in the experimental assembly, we begin to test on the fighters.
It is need of 300 people for the field trials.
Meanwhile, the detailed roadmap of the BRAIN program is built until 2025.
In my opinion, the series “The Black Mirror” lost its relevance.