by Susanne Posel
March 28, 2015
Defense Advanced Research Projects
has dominated technological and strategic advancements,
"but that could change in the
There are "challenges that threaten
America's status" as the world leader of technological innovations:
Priorities for DARPA over the next
decade appear to be dramatically changing as the agency's mission
and philosophy is altering with the times.
According to a report (Breakthrough
Technologies for National Security) produced by DARPA:
"Those changes include some
remarkable and even astonishing scientific and technological
advances that, if wisely and purposefully harnessed, have the
potential not only to ensure ongoing U.S. military superiority
and security but also to catalyze societal and economic
At the same time, the world is
experiencing some deeply disturbing technical, economic, and
geopolitical shifts that pose potential threats to U.S.
preeminence and stability."
Investments in future for DARPA include:
Rethinking military systems
Mastering the "information
Melding and controlling biology
Expansion of the "technological
Improvements in the Global Positioning
System (GPS) and weapons systems are creating more modular and
easily upgraded tools.
Combined with the "explosion of
information", DARPA is focused on,
"developing new approaches to derive
insights from massive datasets along with new technologies to
protect sensitive data and systems, including automated cyber
Neuroscience, immunology, genetics and
related fields are the focus of DARPA's new
Described by the agency, BTO has,
"enabled a new level of momentum for
the Agency's portfolio of innovative, bio-based programs."
This has enhanced programs already in
place at DARPA that are aimed at,
accelerating progress in
outpacing the spread of infectious diseases
mastering new neurotechnologies
Barriers in engineering and physics are
proving to be surmountable as new capabilities and breakthroughs are
brought to the surface and applied to national security needs.
"[We are] working to achieve new
capabilities by applying deep mathematics; inventing new
chemistries, processes and materials; and harnessing quantum
The BTO is tasked with blending with
machine for the defense of national security.
Building synthetic soldiers, stopping
plagues and making humans more advanced
through robotics is the
focus of this military agency. The next generation of artificial human
brains, robotic aircraft, advanced prosthetics and autonomous
computers are just the tip of the iceberg for DARPA.
BTO is exploring,
dynamic intersection of biology and the physical sciences" by
expanding the efforts of,
Arati Prabhakar, director for DARPA told
"Biology is nature's ultimate
innovator, and any agency that hangs its hat on innovation would
be foolish not to look to this master of networked complexity
for inspiration and solutions."
Regarding the development of super
"We had quadriplegic volunteers who
agreed to have brain surgery, essentially have a small array
placed on the surface of their brains, to pick up these neural
signals for motor control, and then to use those to control
these new, very sophisticated, robotic, prosthetic arms.
sense we've opened a door - a connection between the human brain
and the rest of the world. You can let your imagination go wild
about where that's going to take us."
DARPA is working on improving humans by:
Hacking the Human Brain and Super Soldiers
December 16, 2012
Transhumanism gone wild.
Nothing about this is pretty and
within the fractured minds of these futurists is a desire to
achieve a result that is already inherit within the human,
high "spirituality", which one can access now by simply
deciding to love unconditionally.
Sounds hokey I know.
Here's one reporters take on this below:
The Human Connectome Project
(HCP) is dedicated to,
complete details of neural connectivity."
They endeavor to,
"construct a map of the
complete structural and functional neural
connections in vivo within and across individuals."
By compiling data on
genetics, behavior, matter fiber pathways, and
functional correlations, the HCP have refined and
"the spatial and
functional resolution of our connectome neuroimaging"
as well as acquiring "high resolution neuroimaging
data" to enhance understanding of the "neuroanatomical
connectedness of the human brain."
Advancing biometrics with
neurological augmentations would result in successful
connectivity of the human brain to robotic systems in a
AutoNOMOS Labs have developed an iPad app that allows
users to order their car to drive. After a few
modifications, the technology can control the car
through the brain of the driver.
A software program called
BrainDriver interprets and records information just as
an EEG which can be understood and translated into
intentions which are then played out by the vehicle.
Human Enhancement and the Future
of Work conference, and further expanded upon
in their published report, explains how science and
ethics are coming into conflict as technology promises
to replace the faulty human body with an eternal,
These transhumanists define human enhancement as
"encompasses a range of
approaches that may be used to improve aspects of
human function (e.g. memory, hearing, mobility).
This may either be for
the purpose of restoring an impaired function to
previous or average levels, or to raise function to
a level considered to be 'beyond the norm' for
By using brain-computer
to facilitate communication between the mind and
external machines, technology began in the 1970s at the
University of California with funding from the National
Science Foundation and contractual agreements with DARPA
have resulted in research into neuroprosthetic
applications that reconnect the natural sensors in the
human brain to electronic effector channels and make
prosthetics more functional.
An EEG headset can process brain activity as sensors
read the electro-magnetic signatures of the human brain.
DARPA has a $2 billion yearly budget for research into
creating a super-soldier as well as developing a
synthetic police force.
the human genome, DARPA
hopes to manipulate certain gene expressions.
In experimentation, DARPA
the military industrial
pharmaceutical complex are using natural
abilities that are enhanced through genetic engineering.
Some of the medical feats DARPA would like to enhance
are the ability of military soldiers to regrow limbs
destroyed in battle.
By eliminating empathy, the Department of Defense (DoD)
hopes to "enhance" a soldier's ability to,
"kill without care or
remorse, shows no fear, can fight battle after
battle without fatigue and generally behave more
like a machine than a man."
Scientists are researching
the construction of soldiers that feel no pain, terror
and do not suffer from fatigue as tests on the wiring of
the human brain are furthered by
professor of bioethics at Pennsylvania State University.
Moreno is working with the
DoD in understanding neuroscience. The Pentagon
allocated $400 million to this research.
Further study could be passed onto the general public in
order to maximize profits as well as enhance the drug's
Joel Garreau, professor
at Arizona University, DARPA is learning how to
genetically modify human fat into pure energy by
rewiring the metabolic switch which would create
soldiers that require less food.
By using gene therapy and
combining enhancements to alter the color of the human
eye is a blending of mutations that have no basis in the
In addition to genetically modifying the human genome,
global Elite are
obsessed with the merging man and machine, transhumanism
Basing advancements on
scientific research, the
2045 Program will
"a new vision of human
development that meets global challenges humanity
faces today, realization of the possibility of a
radical extension of human life by means of
cybernetic technology, as well as the formation of a
new culture associated with these technologies."