The latest edition of Neurosurgical Focus has an interesting article on the use of brain-computer interfaces in the military.
One part talks about funded US military brain-computer interface projects and it seems someone in the rank and file has seen Avatar one too many times.
Alongside therapeutic interventions, rapid advances in BCI technologies will also create opportunities for neurosurgeons to participate in improving military training and operations, particularly through combat performance modification and optimization. In fact, the use of neuroscientific approaches for achieving these goals is already an evolving area of research.
During the last decade, the Pentagon’s DARPA launched the ‚ÄúAdvanced Speech Encoding Program‚Äù to develop nonacoustic sensors for speech encoding in acoustically hostile environments, such as inside of a military vehicle or an urban environment. The DARPA division is currently involved in a program called ‚ÄúSilent Talk‚Äù that aims to develop user-to-user communication on the battlefield through EEG signals of ‚Äúintended speech,‚Äù thereby eliminating the need for any vocalization or body gestures.
Such capabilities will be of particular benefit in reconnaissance and special operations settings, and successful applications of silent speech interfaces have already been reported.
The whole article is worth a read and luckily for us it seems to have been made open access.
Now, must get me some of those “”high-resolution BCI binoculars that can quickly respond to a subconsciously detected target or a threat”.
Actually, maybe it was Rogue Trooper the military have been overdosing on?
Link to article on neurosurgery and military BCI interfaces.