A discovery in decoding brain signals could be the initial move toward a future where soldiers quietly communicate with each other during operations.
The US military is investing money in neuroscience research, trying to decode and understand the meaning behind various brain signals.
According to C4ISRNET reports, New research supported by the US military’s wider neuroscience plans, that could ultimately lead to soldiers communicating via brain signals in the future.
The Army Research Office (ARO) is providing up to $6.25 million in funding over 5 years, C4ISRNET writes.
Following the latest study, ARO neuroscientists say they’ve learned to decode and separate the neural signals that direct behavior from the rest of the brain’s signal output. While that doesn’t allow anyone to read minds, it is an important step towards understanding how to decipher complex brain activity.
“Here we’re not only measuring signals, but we’re interpreting them,” ARO program manager Hamid Krim told C4ISRNET.
However, Krim cautioned that “you can read anything you want; doesn’t mean that you understand it.”
“At the end of the day, that is the original intent mainly: to have the computer actually being in a full-duplex communication mode with the brain.”