Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Icon

DARPA invests in nonsurgical neurotechnologies for eventual use in healthy human subjects

___

Non­sur­gi­cal Neur­al Inter­faces Could Sig­nif­i­cant­ly Expand Use of Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (DARPA News):

Over the past two decades, the inter­na­tion­al bio­med­ical research com­mu­ni­ty has demon­strat­ed increas­ing­ly sophis­ti­cat­ed ways to allow a per­son­’s brain to com­mu­ni­cate with a device, allow­ing break­throughs aimed at improv­ing qual­i­ty of life, such as access to com­put­ers and the inter­net, and more recent­ly con­trol of a pros­thet­ic limb.

The state of the art in brain-sys­tem com­mu­ni­ca­tions has employed inva­sive tech­niques that allow pre­cise, high-qual­i­ty con­nec­tions to spe­cif­ic neu­rons or groups of neu­rons. These tech­niques have helped patients with brain injury and oth­er ill­ness­es. How­ev­er, these tech­niques are not appro­pri­ate for able-bod­ied peo­ple. DARPA now seeks to achieve high lev­els of brain-sys­tem com­mu­ni­ca­tions with­out surgery, in its new pro­gram, Next-Gen­er­a­tion Non­sur­gi­cal Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (N3).

Non­in­va­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies such as the elec­troen­cephalo­gram and tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion already exist, but offer nowhere near the pre­ci­sion, sig­nal res­o­lu­tion, and porta­bil­i­ty required for advanced appli­ca­tions by peo­ple work­ing in real-world set­tings …“We’re ask­ing mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary teams of researchers to con­struct approach­es that enable pre­cise inter­ac­tion with very small areas of the brain, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing sig­nal res­o­lu­tion or intro­duc­ing unac­cept­able laten­cy into the N3 sys­tem,” Emon­di said. The only tech­nolo­gies that will be con­sid­ered in N3 must have a viable path toward even­tu­al use in healthy human sub­jects…

DARPA is being sim­i­lar­ly proac­tive in con­sid­er­ing the eth­i­cal, legal, and social dimen­sions of more ubiq­ui­tous neu­rotech­nol­o­gy and how it might affect not only mil­i­tary oper­a­tions, but also soci­ety at large. Inde­pen­dent legal and eth­i­cal experts advised the agency as the N3 pro­gram was being formed, and will con­tin­ue to help DARPA think through new sce­nar­ios that arise as N3 tech­nolo­gies take shape … As the research advances, pub­lished N3 results will fur­ther facil­i­tate broad con­sid­er­a­tion of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies.”

Upcoming Event:

DARPA-SN-18–38: Next-Gen­er­a­tion Non-Sur­gi­cal Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (N3) Pro­posers Day

  • Syn­op­sis: The Bio­log­i­cal Tech­nolo­gies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is host­ing a Pro­posers Day for the poten­tial pro­pos­er com­mu­ni­ty in sup­port of a planned Broad Agency Announce­ment (BAA) for the Next-Gen­er­a­tion Non-Sur­gi­cal Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (N3) pro­gram. The Pro­posers Day will be held on April 3, 2018, at the DARPA Con­fer­ence Cen­ter in Arling­ton, VA. Advance reg­is­tra­tion is required. The event will be web­cast to pro­vide lim­it­ed inter­ac­tion for those who would like to par­tic­i­pate remote­ly. See Spe­cial Notice Attach­ment for full details.
  • DATE: April 3, 2018
  • LOCATION: Arling­ton, VA

News in Context:

Leave a Reply...

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply

Categories: Cognitive Neuroscience, Peak Performance, Professional Development, Technology

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

About SharpBrains

As seen in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, CNN, Reuters,  SharpBrains is an independent market research firm tracking how brain science can improve our health and our lives.

Search in our archives

Follow us and Engage via…

twitter_logo_header
RSS Feed

Watch All Recordings Now (40+ Speakers, 12+ Hours)