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Potential Military Applications

Researchers at Zhejiang University in China have recently created a thought-controlled aerial device (Williams, 2012) ? in time such technology could be used in military drones.

The potential military application of brain-machine interface (BMI) technology isn't lost on the Pentagon. The US Army's Synthetic Telepathy project ? carried out by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Maryland ? intended to enable soldiers to control weapon systems through thoughts alone (Noor, 2010). And the Silent Talk project of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) aimed to enable communication during combat through the analysis of neural signals (ibid.). While the current status of these projects is unclear they nevertheless give a sense of the military applications of the emerging neurotechnologies.

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