This is a double edged sword, as nearly every technology is. This could open up new doors for the treatment of PTSD, depression, and other mental illness. Illnesses which cripple millions around the world. If more effective than current treatments such chips could indeed prove a real blessing. There is far too much suffering in the world. Alleviating suffering is among the noblest of goals.
On the other hand there is a dark side to this technology being developed in the skunk labs. Are we crossing over the transhuman Rubicon here? (Not a good or bad thing per se.) Are we sowing the seeds of our own extinction? Are we doing it with our own tax dollars?
I pray that this technology helps people live more fruitful lives. We have made huge strides over the last 30 years in the area of mental illness. Hopefully this is a new stage. Yet we must go forward with caution. We are in very uncharted waters.
(From The International Business Times)
In her book, entitled The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA , Jacobsen writes that Darpa scientists are already testing neuroprosthetics brain implants on wounded soldiers, although she admits that the Defense Department refused to allow her to interview any of the patients who have received the implants.
“Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury. Darpa initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage, and those programs centre around putting brain chips inside the tissue of the brain,” Jacobsen told NPR.
Jacobsen said that although on the surface, the technology could increase our knowledge of understanding how to heal the human brain, she was most concerned that the research gained from the chips by Darpa could be put towards creating artificially intelligent drone assassins or as a tool for mass surveillance.