by Bob Unruh
The U.S. military long has been able to launch a missile, explode a bridge or fire a weapon with the push of a button. Under testing now is a system intended to control a soldier’s psychiatric status, make him alert, reduce his stress and intervene when he suffers pain, among other applications, with the press of a button.
The plan is being developed by an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences, where William Tyler explains that available neurotechnology shows that “brain stimulation” is capable of treating neurological diseases and brain injuries as well as “serving platforms around which brain-computer interfaces can be built for various purposes.”In a report at the Armed with Science military website, Tyler explains that “Warfighters” can be given “strategic advantages” through helmets fitted with ultrasound transducers and microcontroller devices for a range of applications to include pain intervention, “cognitive enhancement,” reducing stress and anxiety, “behavioral reinforcement,” wakefulness and alertness, “navigational commands” and “neurological/psychiatric intervention.”
“We have developed working and conceptual prototypes in which ballistic helmets can be fitted with ultrasound transducers and microcontroller devices,” he said.
Using funding from a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, he said every aspect of “human sensation, perception, emotion, and behavior is regulated by brain activity. Thus, having the ability to stimulate brain function is a powerful technology.” Click here to continue reading.