It is now possible to telepathically control a fleet of drones or even fighter jets via implanted brain chips. The brain-computer interface was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. military. With the research, anyone including paralyzed individuals, can communicate and receive meaningful signals from up to three drones at the same time.
DARPA began developing the telepathic technology in 2015. Back then, a paralyzed woman implanted with a tiny microchip was able to commandeer a simulated F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. DARPA officials revealed they have improved upon the 2015 interface to enable an operator to virtually steer several aircraft simultaneously instead of just one.
Operators Can Remotely Experience Threats Faced By Drones and Address Them Telepathically
During the 60th anniversary of DARPA in Maryland, the director for the agency’s biological technology office, Justin Sanchez, clarified that “signals from the brain can be used to command and control not just one aircraft, but three…” without any issues.
As of today, a paralyzed man named Nathan can both send and receive signals from simulated jets, courtesy of improved brain-computer interactions implemented by DARPA. According to Sanchez, the operator of the simulated jets or drones can perceive and experience the environment in which the aircraft operates. To this extent, the operator can perceive the threats the aircraft is encountering and determine how to respond – all telepathically.
Sanchez said DARPA spent years fine-tuning the technology, and successful trials were carried out just a few months back.
Telepathic Communication Has Been Applied To Prosthetic Limb Control and Memory Repair
Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have been in development for up to a decade now. The technology has been applied to various military and entertainment purposes with considerable results. Since 2007, the U.S. military has taken a significant interest in BCIs. In 2012, DARPA invested $4 million to develop a synthetic telepathic interface which required putting sensors non-invasively near the brain to perceive electric signals from the skin.
Over the years, the technology has also been applied to controlling prosthetic limbs with the brain, carrying out memory repair, and achieving other brain signal-controlled feats.